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Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:23 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Did you watch Alabama beat LSU 21-0 to win the BCS Championship last night? If not, you weren't alone in finding your television entertainment elsewhere.

The overnight ratings for the BCS National Championship Game show that last night's rematch between Alabama and LSU was the lowest-rated title game in the 14-year history of the BCS, bringing in a 13.8 overnight rating, a 14% drop from last year's game between Auburn and Oregon. The previous low had been set in 2002 when Miami played Nebraska for the title and the game brought a 14.3 rating.

There are a few factors that were no doubt in play here. First of all, it seems many college football fans were serious when they said they didn't want to watch a rematch of a game they'd already seen, particularly one that ended 9-6 the first time and didn't exactly provide a lot of excitement. Another factor to consider is that the game was broadcast on ESPN, which is available on cable packages and previous BCS games had always been broadcast on national networks.

The low ratings for the title game followed the trend of the other four BCS bowls as well, as the average rating of all BCS games dropped 10% from the 2010 season and 21% from the 2009 season. Again, this is likely a combination of the games now being broadcast on cable and college football fans who are tiring of the bowl system.

The good news is that with all the momentum that already seems to be in place for the BCS to add a plus-one system in the coming years, the drop in ratings may provide an additional kick in the pants. 

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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:28 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The NCAA figures that the 2 best teams should play for the championship, and that's who played.
it wasnt the 2 best teams in the nation it was the 2 best teams IN THE SUC ..... OR the only 2 teams in the suc

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:25 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

the second i saw the unfair rematch i decided i would not watch and be a part of the boycott of the biggest college football scam ever

and guess what... i wasnt the only one who thought that. if college football refuses to acknowledge the fans displeasure and hypocrital ways of allowing SOME TEAMS to be more worthy than others who accomplished the same things in past are going to continue to lose fans and people watching your product.

i dont think the media and idiot voters actually thought people would boycott this scam but they did and will continue until something is done 

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:24 pm

Glad to know I'm not the only one that boycotted

I am glad for those in SEC country that got to see that matchup in their backyard, but as far as the rest of the nation is concerned (apparently) nobody wants to see a rematch that was just as boring the first time. Why not get a OK. State or Stanford and at least get the rest of the country involved. SEC is overrated.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:23 pm
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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:16 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I'm glad to read I'm not the only person NOT watching the BCS snoozefest. I didn't watch any of the games because it was pointless, since the outcomes of the games meant nothing in the rankings. The final polls were pretty the much the same today as they were 4-5 weeks ago. The BCS is a farce and a sham. It's time for a 4-8 team playoff to cfrown a champion. Until that happens, I'll keep snoozing during future BCS Toilet Bowl games.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:15 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game#

Typical SEC nonsense. Where was this logic when UM's only loss was to #1 OSU and Florida's loss was to a much lesser team. Back then it was a unified SEC chant of "if you cant win your conference you cant win the national championship. (as a Big 10 fan I had to admit that was a great argumment) But the hypocrites acted differently this year when it was two SEC teams. That conerence champion argument is as true today as it was then. Alabama did not to be in  this game.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:13 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Another boring a$$ field goal parade by these 2. It should've been OK State playing LSU but I guess the NCAA figures that the whole world wants to see the SEC and not just the south. The only thing that will make them smarten the hell up and put together decent games is if nobody watches the crap teams they jam into meaningless bowl games. Boise St. v.s. Arizona ST.? Oklahoma v.s. Iowa? Top teams should play top teams otherwise who wants to watch that crap.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:12 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

There are a lot of people out there who do not have ESPN, so this is just another way college football is losing its audience. Look at the NFL, they know better so they keep their product mostly on the national networks other than the lame Monday night ESPN broadcasts. The BCS system itself is getting ridiculous too, people are sick and tired of bowl season after January 1st/2nd - there are now like 35 bowls, and the average fan doesn't care about 80% or more of them. Not sure why college football thinks they do.

I would love a playoff system, but it seems if you are going to have 16 teams, you might want to have the first (and second?) rounds somewhat regionally based so fans don't have to travel so far. Also, if a team is now going to have to win 3-4 additional games for the championship, that is a lot of travel for their fans. Then again, maybe it will give more fans the ability to pick and choose which games they go to? That will be one complication to a playoff system for sure.

Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:08 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

It's not a championship game. Until there's a real playoff, upper division college football doesn't have a champion. Football isn't played through computers or polls, nor through PR and SEC fanboyism.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:08 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

90% of the population could give 2 chits about a regional SEC football game. It could have been played on the SEC channel and generated the same ratings.

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