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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: May 14, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Could have cared less, probably watched maybe 15 minutes of the entire game.  That is what they get with what was just another SEC matchup.  Hopefully this will show how much this terrible system needs to be overhaued.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:39 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I just prefer watching good football. Oregon was more electric. Stanford and Boise play smarter and manage a game better. Those teams got screwed because BCS stands for Bull Crap South



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:39 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Thats what they get for putting a team that didnt even win thier conference in the National title game.  The National champion wasn't even the divisional champion in its conference, give me a break.




Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I didn't watch.  Did not even care to know who won, until someone mentioned it to me around lunchtime.  So came on here to get the wrapup.




Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

That game was horrible last night, unwatchable.



Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:36 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Likely.....because.....BS.  The BCS bowls are down because they provide crappy matchups that have no consequence.  Anyone really care about Clemson and West Virginia?  Michigan and VTech?  NO.  Now....take those exact same matchups and tell me that they are the first or second round games of a playoff bracket......and I GUARANTEE the ratings double.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:36 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Not to mention the game is on ESPN, which roughly 50% of Americans don't get.  And I'm not going to a bar to watch a rematch of a terrible game.  Give me LSU vs Okie State or LSU vs Stanford and I'm watching, but not more of this overrated SEC hoopla.


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