The game averaged a 5.9 rating, meaning 5.9 percent of U.S. households with TVs had at least one tuned to the contest. That’s up 5 percent from last year’s mark and hasn’t been topped since the 6.5 rating scored by the 1994 game (Army won, 22-20).
Full audience figures weren’t released, but the rating puts the game in elite company when it comes to college football, per Sports Media Watch:
The Nov. 25 Ohio State-Michigan game on Fox drew a 6.2 rating and was watched by about 10.5 million people.
Conference championship contests from the Pac-12, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 Conference all posted lower ratings than the Black Knights and Midshipmen.
Along with Ohio State-Michigan, only three other regular-season college football games topped Army-Navy in overnight ratings: Ohio State-Penn State, Alabama-Florida State and Alabama-Auburn.
Saturday’s ratings may have ticked up thanks to a competitive game in Philadelphia’s winter-wonderland setting, but the main reason for the spike appears to be the 2009 move of the contest to the second weekend in December, making it the only top-tier college football contest of the weekend. Ratings spiked from 2008 to 2009 (2.4 to 4.2, per Sports Media Watch), then dipped a bit in 2010 before beginning a steady rise.
Army 14, Navy 13: Rivalry in pictures
1 of 12Army's Ahmad Bradshaw holds up the Commander in Chief's Trophy after the Black Knights bested Navy on Saturday in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)
2 of 12An Army cadet celebrates on the field after the U.S. Military Academy's second-straight rivalry win over Navy. (Matt Rourke/AP)
3 of 12The Navy Midshipmen take the field before Saturday's Army-Navy game in Philadelphia. (Elsa/Getty Images)
4 of 12A grounds crew member uses a leaf blower to clear the field during Saturday's Army-Navy game in Philadelphia. (Elsa/Getty Images)
5 of 12Army's Alex Aukerman celebrates with his teammates after the Black Knights beat Navy, 14-13, on Saturday in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)
6 of 12Army Black Knight defenders leap in celebration after a missed Navy field goal cemented West Point's one-point win (Matt Rourke/AP)
7 of 12Army West Point's Darnell Woolfolk, left, and Ahmad Bradshaw celebrate after Woolfork's first-half score Saturday in Philadelphia. (Elsa/Getty Images)
8 of 12Army West Point players take the field before Saturday's Army-Navy game in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)
9 of 12Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waits to perform the coin toss ahead of Saturday's Army-Navy game. (Matt Rourke/AP)
10 of 12A Navy fan watches the march-ons prior to Saturday's Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (Elsa/Getty Images)
11 of 12Navy's Malcolm Perry reaches in vain for one of the game's three pass attempts in front of Army defender Rhyan England during the first half of Saturday's game in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)
12 of 12Navy Midshipmen salute during the national anthem just before the 118th meeting of Army West Point and Navy on Saturday in Philadelphia. (Jacqueline Larma/AP)
Next year’s game will be Saturday, Dec. 8, in Philadelphia. CBS has the TV rights through 2028.