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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: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:07 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

YEAH...college football is considering a 4 team playoff in 2014. Now we can have 3 SEC teams playing for the title. YEAH!!! Why wait until 2014. Guess it takes 2 years for these brilliant minds to put together 1 more game. Can't imagine they wont screw this up as well.



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:58 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I want to see the same playoff system as everyother division.  I hope they change it and do it wright. Don't give us a plus one, it will fail in the long run.  All the other divisions have a 20 plus team, five week playoff system that works. 



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:52 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I am totally in favor of a playoff system. This is what I would like to see.

The United States is divided into two conferences. The Division between East and West is the Central and Mountain Time Zones. The four top seeded teams from each division would play each other. The match would go something like this:

1. Eastern Conference - No. 1 and No. 3 would play each other in the Orange Bowl, No. 2 and No. Four would play in the Citrus Bowl. The winners of the Orange and Citrus Bowls would play in the Sugar Bowl.

2. Western Conference. No. 1 and No. 3 would play each other in the Rose Bowl, No. 2 and No. 4 would play each other in the Cotton Bowl. The Winners of the Rose and Cotton Bowls would play in the Fiesta Bowl.

The winners of the Sugar and Fiesta Bowl would play in the National Championship, which would take place on the Saturday before the Super Bowl, in the same Stadium as the Super Bowl.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:54 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Too long after the end of the season...I no longer care anymore when it is finally played.  Fill all that wasted time with a playoff and I'll get back on board.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:50 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

zzzzzzzzzz........who cares; another SEC game between Louisiana and Alabama????........zzzzzzzzzzz.....in nearly mid-Jazzzzzzzzzzzz



Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:42 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I've long been a proponent of not being, in any way, a consumer of the abomination that is the BCS.  The fact is that powers-that-be in college football DO NOT CARE how absurd the system has become.  They only care about the bottom line.  They would put two 0-11 teams in a BCS bowl if they thought it would bring in hoardes of money.  The system is utterly corrupt, and 100% money-driven; consequently, if you want to push them into making changes, you'll have impact that bottom line.  Don't go to bowl games and don't watch them on TV.  Only when they start losing money will they begin to entertain the idea off real change.  Right now the BCS is about 2 steps away from the WWE, and people are clearly beginning to realize it.  Perhaps we're beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:41 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I have not had Pay-TV (That's Cable, Satellite or Telco for those of you in Rio Linda!)Laughing for five years now. I grew fed up with what was being offered, IMO It's costs too much money to watch too many commercials and too little variety. I watched the Sugar Bowl at a Sports Pub, the tab for Supper and a Drink set me back $9.00 (with Tip) which is less than 10% of what it would have cost me to watch it at home! Cool

If Pay-TV wants me to resubscribe two things are going to have to happen:

1. Channels will have to be offered A-La-Carte.

2. The "V-Chip" Law needs to be AMENDED so that it applies to Commercials. (The Advertisers for certain Products don't seem to care there are CHILDREN WATCHING their ads when they come on.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:09 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Even Plus-one is bogus.  Until you have a system where every conference champion gets in the dance, along with a few "deserving" at-large teams, the champion is flawed.  Perception is NOT reality.  The best example being the Big East.  If it is sooooooo weak, why did it go 3-2 in the bowls with the biggest win of all?  



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:47 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Due to gibarroozories beyond our control, the previous entry was double-posted.  We apologize for the error.




Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:44 am
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Here's a little ghost for the offering.  Being poor, I decided on cable internet instead of catv.  It was one or the other and I receive far more benefits from the internet.  Should you care to, you can always find these cable-broadcast games on the net.  That way, good ol' ESPN doesn't reap the profits it would like to gorge upon.  If you don't mind the occasional blip due to bit-rates, bunglies, gibarroozories, and other technical stuff I'll never understand, tune out your tv and use your pc.  Thus, the moguls get a tad of that ol' screwing back, their rating services don't know you're viewing, and you watch what you choose.  Just doing my job, ma'am.


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