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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 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:27 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Maybe it had something to do with it being on ESPN this year and not free tv. I did not watch because I along with many of my friends don't have cable or satellite. Maybe the powers that be should put it back on regular tv next year...just a thought.

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:18 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The fact that a conference produces a National Championship only means that the team is good and does not give credit to the entire conference.

The SEC or the Some Excuse Conference is the best at making execuses for when they lose!   The team played up or their team played down it is always met with excuses. 

The team (LSU/BAMA) is/are good the conference sucks!  

So tired of the excuses and those that claim the conference is so great to avoid the fact that their team sucks.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:15 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The SEC may be the daddy, but nobody but followers of these schools and the conference wanted to see this game. We seen it already and this one wasn't any more exciting than the last time. In the end, THIS IS THE GAME that will force the NCAA into a change in formats to a playoff. You may have ended up with this stinker of a game in the end even if there was a playoff, but at least it would have been by fate, NOT BY CHOICE!!!!! 

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:05 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The SEC is the daddy. I'm assuming now it's 5 or 6 consecutive National Titles for the conference. But the BCS system has to realize that they have to put a product out there that is crowd pleasing and not what they think the general public wants or should see. We watched these 2 teams (LSU and Bama) play earlier in the season and saw a low scoring, rather boring game. And now they decide to put the same 2 teams in the National Championship game, proving that the BCS system doesn't work and a new playoff system is needed, thus the low rating of this title game. Congrats to Bama and its fans and alumni. But we as a general public know that there should be one more game left to play. BAMA vs. OKLAHOMA ST. It's what's right, and it would make college football a lot more intriguing. SO TO THE BCS, OTHERWISE KNOW AS THE BULL@#$% CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES.....IN THE WORDS OF THE GREAT JIM MORA SR........PLAYOFFS?!?!?!?!?!??! 

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:01 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

' The previous low had been set in 2002 when Miami played Nebraska for the title and the game brought a 14.3 rating '

Does anyone see the irony of the last time and this time ratings were low and it involved teams which didn't win their conference championships? (Nebraska & Alabama) (Or the other irony of Nebraska being undefeated and getting whacked by giving up 62 and LSU being undefeated and getting whacked getting shut out) And how we are always told that the regular season matters. (It doesn't when bowl games are 'arranged' and ESPN is controlling the product that is being presented, er, shoved down our throats)

Maybe this has finally come full circle whereby a PLUS-ONE model will be implemented or a 4th-factor that weighs winning a divsion of your conference and winning your conference title (maybe along the lines of 30-30-30-10: 2 polls, computers, champions) would lend some credence to the regular season mattering.

Congrats to Alabama: I felt they had played well in the first meeting, but failed to execute when it mattered. They executed this time. I believe the interest in this game would have been higher had both teams won a plus-one game to get to this point, but right now, this is the system as it is.

Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:59 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Wow,you are retarded!!!

Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:57 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

No one cared to watch a rematch of what was a pathetic foot game in the regular season.  Also it makes no sense that a team that didn't even play in its own conference championship game could win the national championship.  Something is definiteyly wrong with the systems.  There was no interest in the game because of the gamemanship that the BCS played to allow this fiasco to happen. 

Oklahoma State would have beaten the crap out of LSU if they would have played.  A hollow championship for the 3rd best team in the SEC.  Bring on the playoffs so they can FINALLY name a true champion.

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:57 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

i watched the game and the 2 best teams in the country were not in it. People can scream their defense wins championships all they want, but when a team  drops passes make rookie mistakes thats not the other teams defense. Its piss poor offense thats counting on talent rather than the fundamentals of football.
You're crazy if you didn't think they were the 2 best teams - 3/4 of Alabama's defense will be playing in the NFL and LSU is loaded as well.  OSU gave up 45 points to Kansas St and 37 points to Iowa St yet somehow people think they would muster up enough offense to compensate for their aweful defense.  How about this, instead of playing lowly Arizona in OOC game play a top SEC team then you will have something to point to about not making it into the NC.  And the last 6 championships owned by SEC says defense matters, especially when supposed other conference champions keeping getting stomped.  Strange enough, I am an ACC fan too and I can recognize SEC dominance.

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:57 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

@ pgtl_10    &nbs
p;   !Exactly!

Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:56 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

No other team in college football finishes in the top three in the SEC west.  Try again next year.

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