ATHENS – Georgian football remains one of the hottest commodities on TV, and CBS ratings from last Saturday's SEC Championship match prove it.
The Bulldogs Instant Classic vs. Alabama was the most watched and best rated regular. For the past seven years, each network has had a seasonal game for a CBS release.
With 17.5 million viewers, the game scored 10.1 / 23, making it the second-most-ranked SEC championship game in its 26-year history, in 1992.
Atlanta was the # 2 marketplace followed by only Birmingham, Ala., with a rating of 33.9 and 57 units.
This means that 57 percent of the Atlanta market saw television during the game and TV sets that were turned on watched 33.9 percent as Georgia's football fought the tide in a thumping 35:28 defeat.
The bulldogs surpassed Alabama by 453 meters at 403 and forced two tide sales without committing themselves. [1
But in a script better suited for a Walt Disney movie, Backup Jalen Hurts came off the bench to win Alabama from 28-21 until victory.
Here were the five most important markets for the SEC Championship game, according to CBS:
1. Birmingham 56.7, 74 share
2. Atlanta 33.9, 57 share
3. Greenville-Spartanburg 25.2 rating, 39 share
4. Jacksonville 24.5, 39 share
5. Knoxville 23.0, 36 share
CBS reports that its streaming coverage of the SEC Championship game has boosted record attendances for a SEC game on the network, with unique viewership of 71 percent, total flows of 67 percent, and time ahead Place 59 percent.
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The loss of Georgia to the LSU was another rating giant at the start of this season, also the most-watched game of the day.
Atlanta was the # 3 market in the nation that day (17.2 / 37) only behind New Orleans (25.2 / 42) and Birmingham (22.9 / 35). Knoxville, TN., Was the # 4 market (13.8 / 24), followed by Jacksonville (13.6 / 23).
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