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      SEC football games more popular than ever on TV

      The Southeastern Conference is more popular than ever. The average television rating for the league's games on CBS this season was the highest since the network began broadcasting a primarily SEC schedule in 2001. CBS said Thursday that its coverage averaged a 4.5 rating and 10 share, up 15 percent from last year. Large audiences for the Alabama-Texas A&M and Alabama-Auburn games boosted the numbers.

      SEC teams have won seven straight national titles, and Auburn is going for the eighth in a row. Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned into a program, and shares measure the percentage of TVs in use at the time.

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