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Guess the TV rating for Alabama-Ohio State
Should be higher than any since year one of the CFP, right? The first final since 2015 that features two teams not in the same geographic region. Two national brands with huge fan bases.
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8 Million viewers average. I don't know what that transfers to in terms of ratings points.
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Tanked... as expected.

People are tired of blowouts. Having an SEC team in there every year doesn’t help, but we just have to wait for this Saban Dabo cycle to pass and get on with fresh blood.
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Plus there is some Alabama and Ohio St. fatigue.

And ratings aren't that good this year. Despite having nothing much to do, people aren't as focused on sports.
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(01-04-2021 09:47 AM)ChrisLords Wrote:  8 Million viewers average. I don't know what that transfers to in terms of ratings points.

last year drew 25.59 million- so yeah you're a bit off..
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https://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2020/12...-carolina/
Through December 29th, #1 was Oklahoma St.-Miami and #2 the Texas-Colorado blowout. Both were about 15 year lows.
There were a few bowls doing better, but it seemed like it was G5 bowls that were benefitting from reduced competition (and in Liberty-CCU's case, a matchup of ranked teams). 16 of the 41 bowls were cancelled.
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I think it will be huge - I hope it is a great high scoring game.

Ohio State shocked me on Friday. They were playing well, but not impressive their previous 3 games. Friday was impressive.... if they can come up with the right game plan, Alabama will have their hands full.
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Monday night in the middle of Winter. Should perform pretty well, but everything is down this year.

I'll say 22 million.
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CFP Championship Game:

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2015: Ohio State/Oregon, 18.6, 34.15M
2016: Alabama/Clemson, 15.0, 26.182M
2017: Clemson/Alabama, 14.2, 25.266M
2018: Alabama/Georgia, 15.6, 28.443M
2019: Clemson/Alabama, 13.8, 25.280M
2020: LSU/Clemson, 14.3, 25.59M

With Alabama the common denominator, Georgia had a higher viewership than the three Clemson games by over two million viewers over any of the three of the games. With Clemson the common denominator, LSU and Alabama didn't seem to make much of a difference.

The (January) 2015 game was the first game and probably got more viewers than expected. I'm sure Ohio State also helped as well (can't believe Oregon was worth anything). On paper, Ohio State would be better than Clemson or Georgia with Alabama as the common denominator. But COVID-19 will depress the viewership for sure. I'm guessing the viewership will be pretty similar to the last two years, around 25 million. If this was a non COVID-19 year, I'd go more for the 2018 year, 28 million. The other significance about 2018 is that in 2018 the semifinals were on New Year's Day and the semifinals draw more viewers when they are on New Year's Day vs. when they are not and that was the case this year although again this year was a COVID-19 year.
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With The Big Ten in the championship game for the first time in 7 seasons, I would expect numbers somewhere around 27 to 28 at Kickoff.
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https://www.sportsmediawatch.com/college...tings-bcs/

A link with history through the BCS era. Ratings have been trending down. 3 games have been over 30 million. Top 6 title games are:
1. 2005 Texas-USC 21.7 35.63 million
2. 2014 Ohio St.-Oregon 18.6 34.15 million
3. 2009 Alabama-Texas 17.2 30.78 million
4. 2002 Ohio St.-Miami 17.2 29.10 million
5. 2006 Florida-Ohio St. 17.4 28.80 million
6. 2010 Auburn-Oregon 15.6 27.32 million

The commonality is Texas, Ohio St. or ...Oregon.

The 2014 semi-finals were both about 28.2 million. One involved Ohio St. and the other Oregon. So there may be something to having a west coast team involved.
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(01-04-2021 01:07 PM)bullet Wrote:  https://www.sportsmediawatch.com/college...tings-bcs/

A link with history through the BCS era. Ratings have been trending down. 3 games have been over 30 million. Top 6 title games are:
1. 2005 Texas-USC 21.7 35.63 million
2. 2014 Ohio St.-Oregon 18.6 34.15 million
3. 2009 Alabama-Texas 17.2 30.78 million
4. 2002 Ohio St.-Miami 17.2 29.10 million
5. 2006 Florida-Ohio St. 17.4 28.80 million
6. 2010 Auburn-Oregon 15.6 27.32 million

The commonality is Texas, Ohio St. or ...Oregon.

The 2014 semi-finals were both about 28.2 million. One involved Ohio St. and the other Oregon. So there may be something to having a west coast team involved.

A little off topic, but it underscores the need for 8 teams. You can't involve every region with only 4 schools...especially when the ACC powers are often coming from the same region the SEC powers are coming from.
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Texas, Notre Dame and Ohio State have the biggest fan bases. The SEC has a big fan base. Also features a QB with high draft stock.

Huge, a record 36 million.
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some of the rating will be what kind of game it is. If it's really close- it'll get a better rating than if it was a beat down.

Also think it's tough going to be coming off of 6 NFL playoff games on Saturday and Sunday.
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(01-04-2021 03:55 PM)stever20 Wrote:  some of the rating will be what kind of game it is. If it's really close- it'll get a better rating than if it was a beat down.

Also think it's tough going to be coming off of 6 NFL playoff games on Saturday and Sunday.

Exactly... why not push the game to the following Thursday? Is the travel for fans better on a Monday night? You still need to take two days off for next day travel unless you are under a two hour drive from the championship site maximum.

As exciting as the NFL triple headers will be, it will definitely suffer from dilution. People probably skip Bears Saints barring you being a fan of those teams because Cleveland Pitt is the more appealing match. Those fans would probably overlap with OSU watchers. I am not sure you can commit two consecutive three hour plus nights of football unless you are a diehard.
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(01-04-2021 04:21 PM)RUScarlets Wrote:  
(01-04-2021 03:55 PM)stever20 Wrote:  some of the rating will be what kind of game it is. If it's really close- it'll get a better rating than if it was a beat down.

Also think it's tough going to be coming off of 6 NFL playoff games on Saturday and Sunday.

Exactly... why not push the game to the following Thursday? Is the travel for fans better on a Monday night? You still need to take two days off for next day travel unless you are under a two hour drive from the championship site maximum.

As exciting as the NFL triple headers will be, it will definitely suffer from dilution. People probably skip Bears Saints barring you being a fan of those teams because Cleveland Pitt is the more appealing match. Those fans would probably overlap with OSU watchers. I am not sure you can commit two consecutive three hour plus nights of football unless you are a diehard.

FWIW, Bears vs. Saints will likely get the highest rating of the weekend. It’s the third largest TV market with a national fan base franchise vs. Drew Brees and a team with a wide fan base, as well. That’s why they got the late Sunday afternoon time slot in the first place (which is actually generally the highest rated NFL time slot as opposed to Sunday night).
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Also, in a normal year (with normal full attendance), it does make sense that the championship game is on a Monday. That way, the host city gets the full benefit of a full weekend of revenue from hotels, restaurants, parties, events, etc. It’s way more valuable for the host city to have all of that on Friday/Saturday/Sunday before the championship game than it would be to have them on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday.

In a year like this one with a lot fewer fans and events, you could argue that Thursday could work for purely TV purposes. I don’t think it works for normal attendance years, though. Monday is effectively the only real choice with the NFL taking over all of those January weekends.
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(01-04-2021 07:08 PM)Frank the Tank Wrote:  Also, in a normal year (with normal full attendance), it does make sense that the championship game is on a Monday. That way, the host city gets the full benefit of a full weekend of revenue from hotels, restaurants, parties, events, etc. It’s way more valuable for the host city to have all of that on Friday/Saturday/Sunday before the championship game than it would be to have them on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday.

In a year like this one with a lot fewer fans and events, you could argue that Thursday could work for purely TV purposes. I don’t think it works for normal attendance years, though. Monday is effectively the only real choice with the NFL taking over all of those January weekends.

yeah and then you could counter argue that doing it on Monday sooner helps with the Covid situation- getting it done sooner rather than later.
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