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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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Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:33 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

College football will still thrive. More TV money will be split by the schools and the corrupt bowl committees will probably get what they deserve....nothing



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:31 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I love it!  Take note you idiots with the BCS.  First time I didn't watch the Natchamp (b/c it wasn't the natchamp) and it looks like I wasn't alone.



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:27 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

If you do away with the bowl games college football won't survive! A playoff system wouldn't make even 1/10 amount of money that the bowl system makes!!



Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I would have watched but found that the game was on ESPN, who the ... puts a title game on cable??  Cable TV is not worth the money now a days and you can have a 100 chanels and there is still nothing on so that was a turn off for me so I just stayed home and found something else to do like hangout with the fame and watch reg tv like most other people on any other Mon.


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Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:13 pm
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Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:08 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I hear the BCS mafia will be meeting in these days to find some other way to make money while continuing an unfair system. I am a staunch Big Ten fan, but it's time to say that the Big Ten is just as corrupt as the others. It's about power and money. FANS WANT A PLAY-OFF! Don't you money-mongers relaize that you can make even MORE money if you gave us a 16-game play-off?

You loyal fans out there, we need to continue to boycott the system when it's unfair. The lowest ratings ever for a BCS Title game happened this year. The secret's out of the bag. Even casual fans know this is a scam.




Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I go to work at 2 in the morning and still tried to watch what should have been a good game.  The game wasn't good.  I don't know if a playoff would solve anything or not.  If the game isn't good, you turn it off.  I watched most of the bowl games for a while, if they were close or exciting I continued, if not, I was gone.  I don't think I'm a rare breed.  Hundreds of sports talk shows talking up the game helps at the start, but if it blows, it goes.
 



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Because Nobody cares about another BS "title" game...




Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:59 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

it was pretty boring, but thats gonna happen from time to time.



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

These post crack me up, RTR.


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