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Texas A&M/Alabama draws huge TV ratings

Aggie upset was the most watched TV program of the day.

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The TV numbers have come in from the Oct. 9 slate of college football games, and not surprisingly, Texas A&M’s 41-38 upset of No. 1 Alabama reigns supreme from a ratings perspective. The game averaged 8.334 million viewers over the course of the broadcast, and peaked with 12.263 million viewers from 10:30-10:45 p.m. CT, during the game’s climax. This made the A&M/Alabama game not only the most-watched college football game of the weekend, but also the most-watched TV program of the day on any network.

This is the second-most-watched game so far in the 2021 college football season (trailing Clemson/Georgia’s 8.863 million on Sept. 4), and only two 2020 regular season games averaged more viewers (Clemson at Notre Dame: 10.1 million, and Georgia at Alabama: 9.6 million). That’s a lot of eyeballs watching A&M get what has to be considered the signature win of the Jimbo Fisher era thus far.