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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: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:00 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The game was boring as I expected. 

Let's see the goal is to protect the regular season, but a team that finished second in a division and did not play in the confernce championship game won the National championship.  Thus, in this case, winning the SEC west and SEC means nothing.  Tell me what devalues the regular season again?  This has nothing to do with Alabama.  If there were a playoff, they would have been in it and had a chance to go through the process, but a one game playoff proved nothing. All college fans are being cheated.  If the BCS ran the NFL, the Broncos would have never had a chance to play Pittsburgh.  They would have just picked Green Bay and New England, and by the way, Green Bay would not be the defending champions of the world since they were a wild card.

Every year the BCS makes me dislike College football more and more. 

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:56 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

  I didn't watch the game

And what a surprise then that your comments reflected a complete ignorance of what happened in the game. ROFLMAO

More morons. 

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:54 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

It is not surprising that the College presidents running the BCS do not realize they are slowing ruining college football through their greedy actions surrounding the BCS.  What is surprising is that they are stupid enough not to realize that a playoff will mean an enormous uptick in revenue over the long term.  So we have greedy and stupid people now running big time college football......  If I hear one more comment about the regular season being ruined if a meaningful playoff occurs right after a team that doesn't even win its division gets in the so-called championship game....  I can't decide if they are stupid or just plain dishonest.  The evidence points to both. 

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:53 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The writer fails to mention that geography also had something to do with this. Both schools are from one area of the country ... its not even a very long drive between Alabama and Louisiana. This gave less incentive for viewers who are not really football fans to tune in.

I've been watching college football since the early 60s. I have yet to miss a bowl game that impacted the National Championship decision, regardless of who was in the game ... because I'm actually a football fan. Some of the idiots posting about these teams and this game seem to be under the impression that the game is solely to meet their own entertainment expectations.

These people are just deluded. No coach and no player in that game ... nor any OTHER game for that matter ... is thinking about how "entertaining" the next play run will be. They are thinking about the best thing they can do to win the game. It is not up to the players to entertain the so called "fans". A football game is going to be what it is. If you aren't entertained by a football game, you're not really a football fan. You might be a homer for some one school or pro team, but not a real football fan.

It's like watching one band at a concert and complaining that they aren't a different band. If you don't like the band, you're not a fan of that band. If you don't like watching a football game, you're not really a football fan.

Feel free to thank me for opening your eyes.     

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:53 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Are you talking about the WVU win over Clemson?  I thought Alabama had to settle for 5 fg's and a meaningless TD after the game had been decided?  I didn't watch the game, but the few highlights I saw were LSU's QB missing wide open WR's.  Sounds like LSU beat itself.

I think OSU should have been in the title game.  The computers had the Big 12 number 1 all year and they did great in their bowl games. 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:52 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Tons of people boycotted this garbage because they've already seen LSU vs Bama this year.  No playoffs = no true champion.  The BCS is a fraud and those who keep saying 'every game matters' are full of it.  Give it the SEC again next year and we'll see even lower ratings.

Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:50 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Actually, the reason why the rating were so low, was because the teams that were picked to play in the "BCS Bowl" games.  The Sugar Bowl didn't even have two top 10 teams in it!  Why and the HELL did Boise State play Arizona State in the "Butthole Bowl"?  REALLY!?  Onw of the most explosive offenses in the nation played a team who couldn't even break .500?  If you want ratings, get a playoff system.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:47 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

that makes sense. those people in the sec are true football fans and were going to watch the game anyway. what television needed was someone from other part of the country to bring those people in. such as the pack 12

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:47 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

BUCKCARFAN ................ with the advent of cable and satelite they no longer ask who is watching what, they allready know.  It used to take weeks to get the data from the Neilson ratings, now its all done by how many households are tuned in and done with computers and satelites. Its actually a much more accurate system.  Heck its allready been reported that over 8000 sports bars did not show the NCG across the country.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:44 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

14 year low in ratings.


I tried to watch it. I love football. I respect the SEC but it looked like an high school game. No one could do anything right.

If it wasn't for a quality kicker there might not have been any points. But if i want to see quality kicking i'd be european.

Oklahoma State like Jarret Lee, should have gotten a chance.

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