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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 1, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:05 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Yes that most certainly is SEC football!  Not that good huh!

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:03 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Not surprising that not many people cared to watch, the most attention that the SEC gets (besides from the media) is when the fans from the non-SEC opposition watch.  

The media in general props up that conference.  It should be the SEC, Some Excuse Conference, because when they win it is because they are the SEC and when they lose it is always met with excuses!

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:03 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

It should have been OK St in the NCG... They beat more teams in the top 20. Also, all SEC homers continue the "but they lost to Iowa St" when many of those same homers were whining like crazy when UM's ONLY loss came to #1 OSU... "but they didnt win their conference". Now they want to do a 180 on that argument and justify Alabama getting in despite not winning THEIR conference. The hypocracy is overwhelming.

Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:44 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

If that was SEC Football they can keep in the South.  Where sleeping in a hammock with a hangover is considered a Hobby.  What a bore from two teams who may or may not be any good but are sure are Dull.

Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:43 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

royal, I complete agree with the automatic bid for conferences like the Big East and ACC being completly ridiculous.  I think Alabama and LSU were on different playing fields than everyone.  However, what does having a 28 year old quarterback have to do with anything?  That comment was just ridiculous!

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:42 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

It's good most of the nation finally agrees on something ... the bowl system is the worst idea of all time in sports.
No one cares about the bowls anymore. I'm an avid football fan and I can honestly say I watched only two bowl games from start to finish and maybe eight games did I watch at least a quarter of because most of the matchups were horrible. Even teams I care about, I didn't watch. It was just too stupid. One game I did watch was still a horrible matchup but I just wanted to see a great quarterback one last time and that was Boise State versus Arizona State. I knew BSU would win big and ASU had no business on the same field with them. How does a top 10 team get relegated to a bowl game with a 6-6 squad that wouldn't make anyone's top 50 list?
Every year it's the same, I watch a great college football season and then I get a bowl system. It's like eating a great meal only to get food poisoning from desert.
As for the apologists for the BCS, how can anyone argue that the regular season in college football means a thing when you watch 35 teams hoist championship trophies at the end of the season. It's idiotic.  

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:39 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

the conference champion stuff is crap, thats why you had west virginia / clemson in the orange bowl. what were they ranked 15 & 20, and im sick of hearing about ok st too, thier qb is 28. bama's D could have beaten some pro teams last night. there'e too much time between the major bowls go back to the old way all the good one's on nye and nyd..then the championship 1`day later

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:38 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Timmy6363. You nailed it — and Nick Saban is a very unsavory, mafia-like character and the "face" that symbolizes the corruption. People from that neck of the woods don't seem to get it.

Incidentally, every time ESPN tried to hype the NC game, I was more determined to boycott it. I am glad so many others did as well.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:32 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

philsfan, I think the poster meant that there are now like 35 bowls and most of them match up teams that many people don't really care about, not specifically the BCS "championship" bowl. You know, like Penn State?

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:28 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

lol Armchair well said nothing more to add to that. Awesome short sweet and bluntly to the point!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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