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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 11, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:21 am

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Ok, If that's the way it is 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3.

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:19 am

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

yeah, too much time before this game, much like the old MLB playoff format.  Cut down the days off, let's get this on while momentum is still huge.  So many problems with this years game (time/SEC exclusiveness/cable/etc.) that this was bound to happen.  Changing to a 4 team playoff might not get the final rating THAT much greater, but you get two other games where the ratings are likely to be better as people following all of those 4 are likely to watch pretty close both games.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:10 am

Actually they were

For what it was, when it was, and where it was, the ratings are not bad at all.  This is only the second season the NC game has been on cable, and while the game from last season that featured teams from seperate conferences was the highest rated show ever on cable, this game was 2nd all time for cable ratings.  I doubt ESPN is too upset with that.  Of course, if they were smarter, they would have pushed for OSU so they could have had more of a draw to the game, instead of them pushing Bama for whatever reason.  SEC haters had no interest in this game as there was no one for them to root for or against. 

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:03 am

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Borntocoast -

Just a few minor problems with your idea:

1.  You completely invalidate all of the historical conference tie-ins.  You're essentially making every major bowl an at-large spot, and the conferences themselves won't go for that - there's way too much money in it.

2.  There are a lot more excellent teams that would fall under the Eastern Conference than in your Western Conference - are you a USC fan or something?

3.  You can't do anything at the Super Bowl stadium the Saturday before the Super Bowl - they lock it down to prepare for the game 2 weeks in advance. Besides which, are you really suggesting that they can redo the field in less than 12 hours and hold the Super Bowl team practices and media events somewhere else for the week leading up to the Super Bowl?

4.  Do you really think either the NCAA or NFL is going to allow any chance of their championship game to be overshadowed by the other?

Other than the fact that your entire idea is flawed, nice idea. :)

Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:54 am

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Because the first time they met it was BORING.....people didn't want to endure that crap AGAIN.

Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:42 am

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The ratings do not surprise me.  I am an LSU fan bit I wasn't all juiced up for this game.  It is absurd that this game is now 9 days after New Year's Day.  I think many College football fans have lost interest by this time.  Wrap all this up earlier and add a plus one system. 

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:28 am

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Blah blah blah SEC SEC SEC. The SEC is a warm weather conference. Come on and play the big ten in a big ten stadium in November week after week.

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:16 am

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

How dare any of you have anything bad to say about the BCS. They are a tax-exempt CHARITY and the only thing they want is what is best for the "student athletes".

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:12 am

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

SEC is the best conference....but to me the bowls are about seeing the conferences play each other...there is a reason that no bowls invite two schools from the same conference.......don't get why the championship would be any different?

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:10 am

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

That's fine but 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3 as in every other sport

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