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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 3:41 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I am not against a playoff system.  I would love to have a playoff or even a plus one.  BUT the system is what it is.  The Conference leaders agreed to the BCS.  However, ESPN and the media thrive on the attention it gets.  If not for the BCS what would we talk about?  If there was a playoff or plus one when the "champ" game was over what would be left to talk about.  It has been the backbone of college football.  A little bit of contraversy.  Example--Bama claiming 14 while ESPN announces 9 NC.  Just a way to get people talking. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:41 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

JasonDeegan, I so agree with you regarding Alabama being the favorite son here, but the final of this game proved they deserved the opportunity. I mean LSU looked like a High School team playing a pro team. They could do nothing and that quartberback Jefferson was total pollution. How many times did Alabama run the SAME play successfully, bootleg either run or toss to TE.... Where was the in game adjustments? To the LSU defense, they were on the field it seemed like all game so they did a nice job other than the obvious. I think Alabama as a team did not deserve to be there after losing but, they did prove they were the better team by far. Now, do you think Okie St could beat Alabama ? Unfortunately we will never know unless we buy the video game...


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Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:37 pm
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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:36 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The problems with the matchup aside, why would the BCS allow the Mouse-ears network to broadcast their title game on ESPN?  College football has made significant strides in recent years, even with the corrupt BCS.  But relegating the (supposedly) most important game of the season to a cable channel undermines the importance of college football.  Every other major sport broadcasts its championship game on a major network (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox).



Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:36 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I boycotted watching the game, and I'm glad I was not alone.  The sponsors won't be happy with that debacle.  Proves that  the majority of this country doesn't care about a classless conference thumbing their collective noses at the rest of us.  From what I've read/seen, I really didn't miss much.  All that hype, and poof!  Did I mention there's another football tournament on?  With multiple teams competing for a championship?  And they have representatives from all over the country!  They are making money hand over fist too!  Good thing there's still entertaining football to watch, for a few more weeks anyway.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:35 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

TV is on it's way to becoming an antiquated media because it is not conforming to the public.

It tells you what & when to watch. Well us litttle people no longer have time. I for one can rarely stay up past 9 anymore.

Let alone stay up for a low scoring game that neither team is in my region.

Who ever came up with the idea of a Monday night should be shot in the first place.

It should be on a Saturday like the rest of the games creating more parties thus more viewership. (DUH!)

Put it on demand then I'd wastch it IF I get a chance.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

For all of you who didnt watch, all you missed was the most dominating performance in BCS history by one team over the other!



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I stopped watching college football a few years ago other than an occasional game here and there because the system is such a joke.  The BCS system officials are corrupt as hell and they care more about making as much money as possible off these kids rather than having a fair playoff system that everybody wants.  I'm glad the ratings were at an all-time low.  I didn't watch a single play of the game or highlight and didn't miss anything but another lackluster end to the college football season.    




Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:30 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Well we had 10 people watching the game in my home and we were not asked if we watched the game  not to mention all the other people we knew watched the game . What gives ? I think the rating system is not accurate anyway . If  You ask me i this the rating system is a joke !!




Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:30 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game



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