Alabama-Texas A&M draws highest regular season college football ratings since 2006

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The "game of the century" hit some of the highest ratings of the last decade.

The months of hype for the Alabama-Texas A&M football showdown certainly paid off for CBS.

Alabama's win over Johnny Manziel and the Aggies drew a 9.0 rating for CBS, making it the highest-rated regular season college football game in seven years. The game also drew higher ratings than all but three games from last season: the SEC Championship Game between Georgia and Alabama, the Rose Bowl and the BCS National Championship.

CBS improved 200 percent from its first telecast last year, Alabama vs. Arkansas (3.0 rating). It's also up from last year's CBS broadcast of A&M vs. Alabama, which saw Manziel lead the Aggies to an upset win on the road vs. the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide. That game drew a 6.6 overnight rating. Overall, it was CBS' highest-rated afternoon football game since 1990, when Miami-Notre Dame drew a 10.1.

Huge ratings for this game more or less confirms that the hype behind "Johnny Football" has turned him into a star and the Texas A&M Aggies into a bona fide ratings draw. While Alabama is always a solid TV team, the combination of their brand name and all of the controversy and promotion surrounding Manziel has turned this game into a whole different kind of beast.

One wonders what CBS might rate if Manziel comes back for one more year in College Station and these two schools meet again. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Tuscaloosa is likely already in permanent ink on the CBS calendar if he does.

More from SB Nation:

All our coverage from Week 3’s Saturday

Trying to explain that insane Wisconsin-Arizona State ending

Spencer Hall’s top 25 review

Yahoo! Sports shows evidence of agent money in the SEC

Would coaches rather replace Mack Brown or Lane Kiffin?

Today’s college football news headlines

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.