The Iron Bowl has always been one of the most watched college football games of the year, and fans of both the Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide have made it a media barrage.
But with television and social media becoming so closely intertwined, big games like the Iron Bowl have become able to draw even more of an audience outside their normal recach.
The Nielsen Ratings System has for decades provided measurements of how television programming is viewed in the United States, but now they have also begun to include a barometer of how involved social media becomes with a television event. To that end, they have released a list of 2013′s biggest TV moments on Twitter, which is not surprisingly dominated by sports.
As expected, the Super Bowl and AFC/NFC Championship games sit at the top of the list, as well as four other sporting events falling into the top 10.
But sitting among those in the Top 10 moments – the 2013 Iron Bowl, featuring of course, the “Kick-Six” play heard round the world resulting in Auburn’s stunning victory over the Tide.
A reported two million-plus Tweets about the game were seen by nearly nine million unique Twitter accounts, placing it as the ninth-largest social audience on Nielsen’s sports list.
If there was any question about what the biggest and best rivalry game in college football is, it may have just been cemented by the television viewing and tweeting public.
Now you not only have to DVR-proof your sporting events, but Twitter-proof them as well.