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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 2:16 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Here's your solution: Take the damn human voters out of the determinations for rankings. Computers are not biased and therefore offer the most accurate and believable results. Plus the reason the BCS title game is so late is because we have these bulls*** bowls that nobody cares about going on for a month. You almost have to try not to get into a bowl nowadays. And whats up with certain ranked teams playing unranked teams in bowls? e.g. OU vs. Iowa at the Insight Bowl. (there are many others but this was the first to come to mind). Bowl games don't mean anything anymore. ESPECIALLY for Stanford and OK State's case. Stanford lost and they are still #4 and OK State won and they are still #3. I'm so sick of the BCS and ESPN for that matter. I'm even in college and the ranking system means nothing to me anymore. 



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Many didn't watch because it was on cable as opposed to a local network, else it would have been higher.  It would have soared as well if LSU could have actually prepared for the game.  Worse performance ever by Miles.  His simply line them up and over power didn't work and he wasn't able to make game adjustsments.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

90% of the NCAA Bowls are a complete waste of airtime anyway.

NCAA in NEED of a College Football Playoff System in the WORST way.

I hope somebody took a bath on the ratings.




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

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Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:12 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

ESPN kisses SEC arse and the rest of the country cant stand it. Alabama had two weeks to get ready for LSU in the Reg season and LOST without scoring a TD. Didnt deserve a rematch, period. How can  an LSU team that looked worse tha a high school offense still be ranked 2nd?



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I would have, but why was this on cable and not one of the primary stations? I think that could have something to do with the low ratings I thought ABC would have aired it oh well maybe next one will be on non cable network. 



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

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Did you really expect people to keep watching or even start watching this game? I have never seen a more boring football game in my entire life. I watched the real playoffs last week with OSU and Stanford.

Why is this not the best evidence yet for the need of a playoff?





Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The saturation of corporate sponsor named Bowl games that no remembers the following year, the subjective also-ran teams playing in them,  the increasingly flawed BCS system, non-network broadcasts, and competition with NFL playoffs and NCAA basketball, have ALL added to fan apathy.

Why don't they just give the trophy to the #1 ranked team at the end of the season and skip the 14 WhogivesaSchidt Bowls ? Not fair ? Many woud argue the BCS format isn't much "fairer" that that anyway. It's ALL about the money, and it looks like this year is an indication that the engineers of the BCS "money train" have gotten a little off track. 




Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:08 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

It's defintiely time to gloat. I told you so. It wasn't the national championship game, it was a regional match up. But truth be told, I wanted,, to check in on commercials just to see who was winning when I was watching "Once Upon a Time" but, it wasn't availble without subscribing to ESPN. I like Ohio State first, the Big 10 second, and everyone else third... so this wasn't a big game for me. If Wisconsin had been playing I might have tried to watch. LSU already beat Oregon and I wouldn't have watched them either. The only connection the BIg 10 had to this game was Alabama beat Penn State, by more than they beat LSU. But really, the teams are 1-1 against each other, and LSU has the best NC win in Oregon, so nothing is settled. IF it was a playiff and Alabama had beaten Wisconsin, I might have watched to see the guys who beat my guys... but if this cable thing isn't sorted out, I may just stop watching college ball altogether. I'm not going ot pay $100 to watch the college football channel up here in Canada, just to be told I have to subscribe to two other neetworks to see all the bowls. Next year.. I watch the Big 10 when it's on ABC. THese cable companies can go #@%& themselves.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:05 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Fornelli,

How can you have the answer before you have the question?  Actually you have an answer to the non-existent "report".  See you are correct when you mention a decent solution of

"to add a plus-one system in the coming years" You haven't got to why that it is important....see the rating were at an all time low simply because

MOST COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS DON'T CARE ABOUT OR CAN'T STAND THE BCS AND WOULD PREFER A PALYOFF SET UP.  D-II GETS IT RIGHT WHY CAN'T Div-I?   MONEY...ESPN, the Big 10 and the Pac 10+2 (I'll never call them the Pac-12) are all stopping progress and common sense that the fans want to see.

It doesn't really matter on match up (since a playoff system generates a somewhat random pairing anyway) you may end up having a conference rematch in the Championship game think 1988 NCAA Championship KU v. OU low rating again...yeah...but at least it happens by both teams earning it.  If the game is on ESPN if its a rematch of conference rivals whoop-tee-dooo-daaah-day as long as there is a playoff system the ratings will come back. 

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and its just that simple.









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