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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 24, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:44 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I'm tired of this argument. Why not just have a field goal contest? Oh wait, that would likely stil be a low scoring affair. Incompetent offense gives the appearance of domineering defense. Ask WVU how hard yardage was to come by on LSU. Where are the balanced teams that have both? I haven't seen a strong candidate for best team ever in the BCS era.



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

You probably think teams with great pitching are boring in baseball as well.



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:37 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

THIRTY SIX BOWL GAMES?!?!




Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

It's interesting that someone who has been watching football since the 1960s has not yet grown up and progressed past the point of calling people he disagrees with names like "moron" and "idiot."
Undecided




Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:33 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Too many bowl games make the "post season" a watered-down farce.  Nobody cares who won the Frito-Lay whocares.com bowl.  It then migrates to the BCS Championship game. 


Is the Nat'l Championship the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, or Cotton Bowl?  



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:31 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Over half the US population lives within 50 miles of a line between Washington and Boston. Not very many SEC fans there. New York City has more people than the whole STATE of Alabama and the whole STATE of Louisiana COMBINED. If you want ratings, you need USC versus Columbia!




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:30 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I think another problem is the games are so far after the season ends. Remember back in the day when all the good games were on New Years Day? Now, all the games are days apart and their is no excitement or feeding off of the other games. Boring, in my opinion.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Had Okla State played in BCS with LSU, the score would be LSU 27 Okla St. 17.  Had Okla St. played in BCS with Alabama, the score would be Bama 38 Okla St. 3.   Reality was Bama 21 LSU 0 so it is a win win situation for Alabama because by far they are powerful and the best team in NCAA!  Bama is so unbeatable!
So unbeatable that they lost a game. Reality is we will never know what Oklahoma State could have done because they never got a fair shot. We need at least a four-team playoff before major college football will have a national champion.

Reality is also that LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma State can fight all they want, but the 2012 national championship trophy will always reside in Fargo, N.D.




Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

How can we say Alabama is unbeatable when they have a "1" in the losses column?



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

It's not that people didn't want to watch a rematch.  There would have been great ratings with an LSU-Oregon final.  The way football is now, people watch to see the following happen:

(1) They want to see the SEC lose.  That can't happen with an SEC team winning.
(2) They want to see ND lose.  That's why NBC keeps renewing the contract even though Notre Dame has only been to 1 (I think only 1) BCS game.
(3) They want to watch the country play for a championship.  You have an SEC team playing an SEC team in SEC country.

No wonder ratings were low.  People didn't get what they wanted to see.  However, leaving AL out of the National Championship game would have obviously been a mistake, or would it not?


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