LSU-Auburn Most Watched College Game of Weekend
BATON ROUGE — LSU’s thrilling 26-21 win over Auburn last Saturday was not only the most watched college football game of the week, but it also ranked as the third-highest rated event on cable television last week according to the Nielsen Ratings.
The LSU-Auburn game was watched by 5.6 million viewers, which trailed only the Monday Night Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles (18.6 million viewers) and The Closer (7.6 million viewers) on TNT. The LSU-Auburn contest rated higher last week than such cable television shows as Hannity & Colmes (4.6) on Fox News, Burn Notice (4.7) on USA, and WWE Raw (4.2) on USA.
The only other college football game ranked among the top 15 on cable television last week was the Thursday night ESPN contest between Colorado and West Virginia, which registered 4.0 million viewers.
LSU and Auburn has developed into one of the marquee games in college football each year as the last five games have been decided by a total of 20 points. LSU has scored on its final possession in three of those five years to win the game against Auburn, including last year’s 30-24 win in Baton Rouge when the Tigers scored with one-second left to record the victory.
This week, LSU returns to action at home, hosting Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium at 6:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPN2.