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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: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:51 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

"entitlement liberal crowd" 

Really entitlement? It's CFB's job to put out a good product for us to watch. They didn't so we are not going to watch.

Isn't business and free market what conservatism all about? We made our choice and was not interested in CFB's product.

Want people to watch? Put out a better product. 



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:39 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game




Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I wonder how many people were like me and watched the game on Streamtorrent?  



Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:28 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.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:19 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

ratings were low becasue who the hell wanted to see two teams who played each other already.
I like LSU but would have rather seen them play someone other than an SEC rival least of all Alabama.
And to top it off - they didn't do anything and I don't care how good Bama's offense is , other teams scored on them.
 



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:07 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I didn't watch.  My 35-year-old son says he didn't watch.  We are big college football fans.  But who cares to see an SEC re-match?  It made no sense, and I genuinely wasn't interested.  I'm a Big Ten fan, but I would have watched in a heartbeat if Okla. State had played -- or someone else from another conference.  The thing I feared happened -- LSU couldn't "get up" to beat Alabama a 2nd time in the same season.  JMHO



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

It was on ESPN - Nobody watches that garbage anymore. Since Directv put NFL, MLB, and NHL networks on, along with the Big Ten network and CBS college sports, there is no reason to watch the blowhard, egomaniacs on ESPN. Besides, I got tired on watching the touchdown dances in slow mo over and over again as Keyshawn and the likes giggled like little schoolgirls.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:01 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

So what!! You cry babaies want a playoff or a plus one...well bring it on. It's not the SEC's fault we won the title again. This is just another sign of the entitlement liberal crowd. Ever heard of schools called Iowa State and USC? Blame them for knocking off your school because you won't blame yourself.  But a plus one won't work, someone will always be left out. Bring on a playoff. WE WOULD WELCOME IT. Blame the national media for giving the BCS to LSU before the game was played not Alabama. BAMA showed up and played, blame LSU.

Bama is, 12-2, 14-0, 10-3 and 12-1.....in the last 4 years in the toughest league. 48-6 straight up. So bring on a playoff. Some of you would still cry it isn't fair.

Oh and where are all the TIGER BAIT, TIGER BAIT, TIGER BAIT LSU JERKS TODAY?? Why not run your mouth after the game. Oh yeah you were no where to be found. Well you just got yellow hammered and if you need to look at the trophy it's down on Bryant drive.


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Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:55 pm
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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:53 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I'm sure Alabama fans care as much about the low ratings as I, a diehard "U" fan, cared about the low ratings for the Canes-Nebraska game in '02 ('01 season). Congrats, Tide.


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