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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: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:31 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I didn't watch it to protest the fact that there is no plyaoff. If enough people make a stand, those idiots at the BCS may actually do something right.

The first game between LSU/'Bama was an overhyped dog. I would have rather watched paint dry than that game again.

Hwy folks at the BCS, here's a message to you: GET A PLAYOFF SYSTEM IN PLACE!!! 



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:31 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

tomasina, yeah, I know. But thanks for the 411. lol



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:30 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

We fans always threaten "if they keep doing this, I'm not gonna watch." and i'm finally happy to see that many of us actually followed through. I tuned into the game twice to check the score, and each time thanked myself for not watching. I think that this was the perfect storm. A year where the BCS debacle really got under people's skin, and they could show it because the Championship was a rematch of a boring game. This has to continue to happen, though, if we ever want them to truly think they need to cater to what the fans want.



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:30 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

That means everyone can get it, but 18% of the households choose not to want ESPN in their house.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:29 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Maybe if there wasn't 50 bowls people would watch.


Seriously.....it's hard to smoke that much and stay awake. Moderation, people!



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

bizona .... I believe most of the real idiots on here knows that the 18% are households who have neither cable or satelite.  Fairly easy to figure out.



Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:26 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

so in reality NEITHER of these two teams should have been in Championship game



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

who cares? i think the ratings say it all ..NO ONE! first off the rematch was a killer, then add the programming you are asking for trouble.

BCS have become so money hungry they better pay attention ... how about back to the days when all the bowls were played by Jan 2, before everyone returned to work. terrible timing+terrible boring matchup+limited accessability = loser ratings!

nice to see people get it .. dont watch and then they will start to listen   



Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:24 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Hey Philb1414 and True Blue,

Since you are so high on the SEC (and on Bama in particular) why would you be so AGAINST a playoff system?  Wouldnt this PROVE they are the best conference/team. OR are you actually scared that an upstart Boise St (GASP!) might actually be able to upset one of your precious SEC teams that merely have been "awarded" championships, they havent actually accomplished anything!  People might actually care to watch if there was something legitimate about the system



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:20 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

ESPN is available in all households in the USA, there are only 18% of all households that do not have it.



So which one is it?


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