Alabama’s Saturday afternoon defeat of Ole Miss aired on CBS and recorded a 5.4 television rating, which ranks as the second-highest rated game of the young 2016 NCAA football season. The opening weekend Sunday night game between Notre Dame and Texas retains the highest rating of the season at an even 7.0.
Overall, Saturday featured a number of high-profiled programs competing against each other within a variety of time slots across several different networks. For instance, Alabama versus Ole Miss was in direct competition with the Oregon at Nebraska game on ABC. The game’s 5.4 rating is now the highest-rated daytime broadcast of the season, passing the previous week’s game between Ole Miss and LSU.
After opening a 21-point first half lead against the Crimson Tide, Ole Miss eventually lost by the score of 48-43. The last time Alabama overcame a 21-point deficit for a win came, coincidentally, against Ole Miss back in 1989. The Rebels also squandered a 22-point lead against Florida State in their 2016 season-opener.
High ratings occurred elsewhere in the sport as well, however. Louisville’s rout of Florida State recorded a 4.5 rating, which was the highest rating ABC has ever received for a noon slot this early in the season. Saturday night’s Michigan State versus Notre Dame game on NBC had a 3.22 rating, which was the highest Notre Dame game since 2013.
FOX won primetime with their game between Ohio State and Oklahoma with a 3.8 rating, beating out Notre Dame and Michigan State and USC and Stanford on ABC. It was the highest-rated game in FOX’s brief primetime history of broadcasting college football and, according to FOX, it projects to be among the top three most-watched college football games in the network’s history.