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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: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:51 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Unfortunately for college football fans, this truly was a match-up of #1 vs #2.
Oklahoma St got screwed by the system, but they'd lose by 40 either way.
Alabama only beat 1 top 25 team all season, and that was at home. Okie St. beat 4 top 25 teams.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:48 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

bama's D could have beaten some pro teams last night.
FYI, Bama faced only 1 top 75 offense this season and it wasn't LSU.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:35 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Unfortunately for college football fans, this truly was a match-up of #1 vs #2. Look at the other duds that won BCS games this season: West Virginia scored 70 on Clemson in the Orange Bowl, but they gave up 47 points to LSU at home! Oregon won a tight game vs Wisconsin, but got lit up for 40 pts vs LSU. Michigan won the Sugar with a Qb that can't throw a vertical pass. Oklahoma St got screwed by the system, but they'd lose by 40 either way.




Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:35 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The fact that the ratings are as dismal as predicted was the only thing that appeared to be of a certainty.  Much of the public outside of Alabama just didn't want this game, and the viewership, or lack thereof, proved it.  And what little I actually watched was a bore.  On to next year's debate(s).



Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:34 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Putting major bowl games on cable definitely excludes potential viewers. The fact the SEC-thingy totally reversed its stance from when it politicked for Florida against an all-big10 BCS national championship game pretty much negates any respect for both the BCS and SEC.  As rankings go for establishing who gets to go to what & where & when........ the voting itself is skewed because biased voters can stack any opponent and opponent's opponent higher or lower based on favoritism.  The clear choice is to have the profitable established conference aligned bowl games continue the success for the effort and money put in to establish the successful profitable bowl games.  Thing that surprises me most about bowl games is that Notre Dame or Texas or Ohio State haven't established their own personal bowl games like the SEC has---aka the BS national championship bowl.       



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:31 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

royalbleeder, if you think Alabama could beat some NFL teams, you are delusional.  They couldn't beat St. Louis nor Indy if they spotted Alabama 21 points.  There is a reason why only a small handful of Alabama players will make a NFL roster, and you are talking about 18-22 year old young men playing against players 5-10 years older and are faster, bigger, have better technique.

Enjoy the Championship you "earned" by beating a team that already beat you once.  Regardless of the scores, all I see is LSU - 1, Alabama - 1, which is why the only thing solved was that Alabama, given a 2nd chance, won the last game of the season.



Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:19 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

@royalbleeder LOL  Alabama's defense is good but come on, Southern Georgia scored 21, please save the excuses Some Excuse Conference (SEC)



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:17 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

There were at least a half dozen FCS playoff games that were far more exciting/entertaining than that abomination last night.  ESPN and the BCS apologists got what they deserved. 


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Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:17 pm
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Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:05 pm
 

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Do not make stupid statements.  They could not have beat any pro team last night.  When it is said and done, only a few of those players will make the NFL and very few start and of those, very few will ever make a pro bowl team.  They are a very good college team but not one of the great ones.  Besides splitting with LSU, they beat no one of note.


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