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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: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:05 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

another pretty horrible game, between 2 overhyped teams.  

and another bad national title given out.


BCS = horrible

COLLEGE PLAYOFFS!!!! 



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:05 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

OK St loses to a 6-6 team (that also lost thier bowl to Rutgers) and they deserve a shot at the title?  Yeah Right, even IF they won thier conference, they lost to IOWA STATE.  Bama lost to LSU in OT, and by the way LSU beat WV and OR convincingly, two supposedly potent offenses, and two conference champions. If any team has an argument, before the bowl season, it would be Stanford.  For those who like to use the Conference Champion arguement.  Does Clemson, who was destroyed by SC, or WV, who lost to Louisville, deserve a BCS Bowl.  I've read many posts and blogs arguing the Conference Champion!! Clemson and WV were Conference Champs, so just because of that they deserve more than say an Arkansas or even an Oklahoma.  Low ratings come down to one thing, the SEC rules and the rest of the country can't stand it.



Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I watched the first matchup and saw with my own eyes that LSU was not in the same league as Bama and by the football kicking Gods hands they won the first matchup.  I watched through three quarters last night just to confirm what I already thought.  Let's face it, #1 the system got right.  No one on the planet will be able to play with Bama's D.  OK St is the only team that might have scored a touchdown or maybe 2 but Bama would have put up 5 TD's against that team.  #2, I really don't care who is #2.  LSU, OK ST, does it matter.  I think not, also agree with someone that College Football has moved on now its time for B-Ball.




Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Not only the least watched bowl games and BS Championship game EVER, but also the LEAST ATTENDED bowls in history as well!!!  Seems like a trend.  Also factor in that some teams are actually LOSING money by going to the bowls and that should be a formula for the "trifecta of change".  People cannot be fooled, they know how bogus this all is (Boise St PROVED that years ago!!) and just arent gonna waste their time on something this fraudulent especially when there are so many better options for entertainment out there!  Hopefully this is the start of the DEATH OF THE BCS (actually you can just eliminate the "C" because thats what this crappy system is!!)



Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Bizona, yes there was a game last night.  The regular season ended over a month ago, but then in December and January they play what are called "Bowl Games".  Last night was the final one of the so called "Bowl Games".



Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:02 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

SEC is overated?6 national titles in  row hmmmm  seems like they are doing something right



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:01 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

There was a game last night? Didn't college football end a month ago or something?



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:59 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

ZZZZZZ  wake me up when college football has a true title game. I am Sooners fan, but OK State would have crushed either of those teams. It's time to change NCAA/FBS/BCS.!!!



Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

oh yes LSU a team that crossed Bamas 50 once  against OKS  a team that got beat by a 6 loss ISU  and doesnt have a clue what the word defense means.wow hold me back so exciting.Reruns of old political debates would be more interesting Just admit Bama walked into LSUs backyard and schooled them BAMA # 1!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Maybe if there wasn't 50 bowls people would watch. Whatever happened to the national championship game on New Years day or the Monday following it? It woul dbe smart to play it before the NFL playoffs start. Just my 2 cents


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