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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 16, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Rightfully so, another BORING SEC game.



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:15 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

In hindsight, the BCS is probably pissed they didn't choose OkSt.  Would have had better ratings/money...




Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:14 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Bama played a game 2009 against offense like ok st... with 2nd true freshman unexperienced qb they allowed 21 points... 21 to 24 with 3:21 left in the game... too bad we will never know how bad ok state would have beat lsu... but at least we won't ever have to watch (or not watch in my case) a ncg with 2 teams from same conf... and i hope with no team that did not win a conf championship... so happy to see the game got the ratings it deserved!!!!



Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:12 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Imagine that.

An Alabama fan defending last night's game calling other people homers.

vranger...pot meet kettle.



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:11 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

You nailed it. Its corrupt and all about the money just like everything else. 



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:11 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Here's a problem.  The last two years the BCS games have been on ESPN instead of free national broadcast on ABC.  I know the majority of Americans have cable television, but there's still tens of millions of possible viewers who probably didn't have access to the game from their own home.  Move the BCS back to over the ari network broadcasts.  The NBA and NHL should do the same already.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I know Bama won and it seems like sour grapes, but if OSU would have been there you would have seen a sizeable bump on the ratings needle.  Having first, the titleless Tide playing against the only undefeated pissed people off across the country.  Then you add the fact Alabama and Louisiana represent the Gulf South only,...there's your math.  Proximity + slighted fans = poor ratings.  Hard to figure how the greedy BCS didn't figure that one out, ouch!


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Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:06 pm
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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:02 pm
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Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:02 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Wow...what a horrible game!  I don't know if Alabamas D is really that good or if LSU's offense is really that bad.  It's hard to believe that the LSU coach had a month to prepare for this game, and the best he could come up with was swing passes and sweep runs.  I'm no football coach, but I have enough sense to know that Alabamas D is extremely fast and those are not the plays you want to run.
Alabama's offense was not much better, but Saban's gameplan was pretty impressive and he obviously came prepared for this game.  With that said, it was still a horrible game.  Hopefully this was the final game played in the flawed BCS system.  I have yet to see ONE person say that the BCS is great.  How many good games have we watched this bowl season??  1 or 2?  Oregon vs Wisconsin and Ok State vs Stanford were the only 2 I can think of that were pretty good games.


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