LSU-Alabama game a big winner for CBS over the weekend

Nielsen says LSU-Alabama game had the highest ratings for any regular season college football game in eight years

The Nielsen company said 16.6 million people watched the game late Saturday afternoon, as LSU held off the Tide's late charge. At 7 p.m. Eastern, just before its conclusion, the audience topped 20 million people.

Behind the dominant force of "Sunday Night Football," NBC won the week in prime-time, averaging 7.1 million viewers. Fox averaged 6.7 million, CBS had 5.8 million, ABC had 4.3 million, Telemundo had 1.27 million, ION Television had 1.25 million, Univision had 1.2 million and the CW had 720,000.

ESPN was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 3.06 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 2.59 million, MSNBC had 1.89 million, Hallmark had 1.54 million and History had 1.01 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" was second with 8.2 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.7 million viewers.

For the week of Nov. 4-11, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Minnesota at Dallas, NBC, 22.99 million; "NFL Sunday Night Pre-Kick," NBC, 16.72 million; "NFL Sunday Post-Game," Fox, 15.71 million; NFL Football: Dallas at N.Y. Giants, ESPN, 14.72 million; NFL Football: L.A. Chargers at Oakland, Fox, 13.85 million; "NCIS," CBS, 10.89 million; "Little Mermaid Live," ABC, 9 million; "Football Night in America, Part 3," NBC, 8.89 million; "Young Sheldon," CBS, 8.84 million; "FBI," CBS, 8.55 million.


ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by Fox Corp. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.