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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: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:56 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

BCS's SEC fetish has done the impossible: turned CFB into something more boring than women's rowing.  Snorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr................


Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:55 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

triaxmax ..... very true the SEC is way overrated thanks to the SEC bias in the media.  I think its a real scam when SEC coaches that vote in the coaches poll vote Ok St  5th and 7th when they were easily the second best team in the country.  The Harris poll voters with SEC ties also voted Ok St lower than they should have.  The computers said Ok St was the better team and should have been in the game, the difference was the voting in the coaches and harris polls. Odd that coaches in other conferences did not vote Bama and LSU lower to try and keep them out of the NCG, just the dishonest SEC coaches and Hariis voters with SEC ties. The human polls need to throw out all votes that rank any team 2 places or more lower than the computers, that would force those coaches and ahrris voters to vote right or they lose thier right to vote in the polls.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:54 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

As football games go, this one was pretty dull. LSU looked rusty, uninspired and confused on offense -- didn't make any adjustments. Made Alabama defense look a lot better than it was.
Actually, most of what I saw was during the commercial breaks in the West Viriginia-UConn and Concy-Georgetown basketball games, both of which were far more entertaining.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:54 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I didn't watch the first overhyped game between Alabama and LSU and I didn't waste my time watching the rematch either. After seeing the results of the two games, I'm glad I didn't watch. What sickens me is that the biased voters not only didn't vote Oklahoma State (not an alum or a fan of them) #1, they didn't even get the #2 slot. LSU gets destroyed and they are still #2? The system is broken and I will continue to boycott the so-called "Championship" game until it is truly a Championship determined by the winner of playoffs.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:51 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

January 9th seems quite late to be determining a national champion.  The regular college season ended well over a month ago and even the January 1st (or January 2nd, in this case) bowl games are fading into memory.  I have already shifted out of college football mode and to have the biggest game of the season on January 9th just seems anti-climactic. Somebody metioned the game to me the other day and I had practically forgotten about it.  My first thought was "Oh, yeah, they still haven't played that".

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:48 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

It's no coincidence that the two lowest rated BCS Championship games both involved teams that not only didn't win their conference, but didn't even win their division - Nebraska in 2002 and Alabama in 2012.  I bet the third lowest rating probably belongs to Oklahoma the year they lost the Big 12 championship.  Fans, especially casual fans, have a great sense for story lines that involve fairness, and reject when a storied franchise is given an unfair upper hand in reaching the promised land.  What would people say if we just put the Yankees in the World Series automatically if they didn't win their league, but a lot of people just thought they were the "better team."  The oddity is that the money men in college football don't see how much money there is to be made in Cinderella stories.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:47 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

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

Least watched BCS NCG ........... I knew that was going to happen 3 weeks ago when over 9 million had signed on saying they were boycotting the game due to Bama even being in it. I am quite suprised that the AP did not name OK ST National Champs, they had a tougher schedule than Bama.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:46 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I didn't watch because I saw this game 2 months ago. So if i get this right...Bama gets 3rd place in their conference but is the national champion without a playoff? Makes sense!  Stop giving the ESPN is on cable excuse...last years game Oregon vs LSU had a good rating.  It's because people are fed up with the voters (many who have SEC ties).  I have no problem with the SEC bc they do play good football (for the most part....this year i disagree whole heartedly!). But they brag about winning 6 straight championships when their teams are voted waaay to high to begin the year which makes it easier to get to the NCG. Earn your way through a playoff and I will be satisfied. I want to see how good a coach Satan, i mean Saban really is in a playoff system.

Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:45 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Thought it was a great game.The best defense in college football played of the best defensive games in college history.Heisman candidate Trent Richardson ran  for a TD. Great coaching,gameplanning.The top 2 teams in the nation played and Bama dominated. If you didnt enjoy that game you dont like college football very much

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:44 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

They need to look at more than just the plus one.  All of the other BCS Games did not sell out.  For instance the Ornage Bowl is scheduled on Wednesday the during the first true back to wrok week for the majority of fans who would be interested in attending..

And this happned last year and the year prior.  They seems to be a mentality that they "HAVE" to schedule the games after NYE...I don't get it really.  Icould only see that if NYE fell on a Thursday and then you could run the games consecutively playing the NC Game a week later....on a  SATURDAY!!!!!!!!

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