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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: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:52 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I didnt' watch for two reasons.


1.  It was a rematch of a game played very near the end of the season.

2.  It was on ESPN and I don't have cable Dish or Direct TV.  (So I missed the other bowls I usually like to watch also (Rose, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta).    



Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:03 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Teams playing were who should be there but I did not watch for one reason and one reason only and that was who ESPN/ABC sports put on calling the game. I do not see what ESPN/ABC sees in Mr Musburger but as soon as I hear his voice in a broadcast of college football, Little League World Series or really any sport, I will change the chanel. He is so stuck on himself and what he thinks is his knowlege that you can not enjoy the game.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Here is the fix:

Six confernces Champions designated automatic qualifiers...these six conferences will be given auto-qualifier status devised from a conference rating system.  

Two at-large bids for independents/non-qualifier conferences decided on the field by head-to head match-ups during the regular season. This will promote competition as the lesser conferences/independents will be forced to play each other in non-conference games to strengten their conference appeal.

NO TWO TEAMS FROM THE SAME CONFERENCE. This is a tournament of Champions, played by Champions.

Eight team playoff which means it will take seven games to decide the champion. THE BOWLS THAT BID THE MOST MONEY...1 thru 7 get those games. If Shreveport out bids Pasadena...so be it. Bids must be in before June 1st.

Simple, fair, direct...money and on the field performance count...nothing else. Of course ESPN will find a way to control this too.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:19 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I was wrong...the BCS NC did get low ratings, but not because of a "boycott". The game recieved low ratings because it was percieved as a Regional Match-up, a ree-match of a game already played and it was on ESPN...not ABC. That part I will NEVER understand.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:52 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

For what it was, when it was, and where it was, the ratings are not bad at all.  This is only the second season the NC game has been on cable, and while the game from last season that featured teams from seperate conferences was the highest rated show ever on cable, this game was 2nd all time for cable ratings.  I doubt ESPN is too upset with that.  Of course, if they were smarter, they would have pushed for OSU so they could have had more of a draw to the game, instead of them pushing Bama for whatever reason.  SEC haters had no interest in this game as there was no one for them to root for or against. 
LSU fan...so what you are saying is exactly what all of us have been saying all along...the networks and its voters control who goes to the NCG! Thanks for the verification!

I didn't think you needed me to verify this as that is how the system is set up.  I still find it funny that ESPN basically screwed themselves by pushing a matchup that only a limited number of people wanted to see. 



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:23 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

It was the game itself this year. Everyone had seen LSU-Bama already. The game only heavily appealed to folks in the SEC region. Other regions didn't care as much. If the game had been Okie St. or Stanford against LSU, the game would have been more heavily watched, regardless of whether or not you think any of those teams belonged in the game.

Until there's a playoff, there's no true national champion. 



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:04 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Boycott the Bowls Initiative:





Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:53 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

For what it was, when it was, and where it was, the ratings are not bad at all.  This is only the second season the NC game has been on cable, and while the game from last season that featured teams from seperate conferences was the highest rated show ever on cable, this game was 2nd all time for cable ratings.  I doubt ESPN is too upset with that.  Of course, if they were smarter, they would have pushed for OSU so they could have had more of a draw to the game, instead of them pushing Bama for whatever reason.  SEC haters had no interest in this game as there was no one for them to root for or against. 
LSU fan...so what you are saying is exactly what all of us have been saying all along...the networks and its voters control who goes to the NCG! Thanks for the verification!



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:35 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

If and when we go to a Plus One model, I'm assuming that the national championship will be determined by 1 extra round of BCS rankings, right?  At least that seems logical for the 2nd team.

Obviously whoever is #1 heading into the BCS games will make it to the title game so long as they win.  But that second spot will be a little trickier.  What if the #2 team heading into the BCS pulls out a squeeker on a last second field goal, but the #3 team destroys their BCS opponent?

Will the format be such that the #2 team automatically advances to the title game no matter how close or how ugly their win was, or will there be 1 extra BCS poll after the games that would allow the #3 (or #4 or #5) team to slide up to #2 if they dominate? 



Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:27 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I still like the top six teams in a playoff. First round, the top two get a bye as a reward and then the whole thing is settled in three weeks. If you can't fight your way into the top six then good luck next year. It can't really be more than that because 3 additional games is just too many football games for college students.  44 days of down time for the current system is ridiculous anyways. Start the playoff two weeks after the season ends and have two weeks of prep time before the title game. End of story. I'm sure the number seven team would have some whiny comments to make but you just  can't have a huge basketball like tournament. The sport is too violent. Every team that had a realstic shot at winning the national championship would have had their chance this year.


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