LSU 9, Alabama 6, a game dominated by defense and strategy – or lack thereof, from Nick Saban – drew an impressive 11.9 rating and 18 million viewers Saturday night. That’s not too far off from the last few National title games. The last CBS regular-season game with a higher rating? You have to go all the way back to 1989.
Yesterday’s 11.9/21 for LSU-Alabama trailed only CBS’s 14.5/26 for Notre Dame vs. Miami (11/25/89).
The Miami-Notre Dame game in 1988 was billed as the Catholics vs. the Convicts. CBS had the game. Man, I could watch this intro – Musburger! – all day. The 1989 game - Notre Dame came in on a 23-game winning streak – was won handily by the Hurricanes, 27-10. [SEC Digital Sports Network]