Here’s a helluva compare-and-contrast for you.
The SEC Championship Game was the “cherry on top” of an impressive ratings year for the SEC on CBS, Sports Media Watch writes, providing the ratings numbers for Alabama’s victory over Florida: a “massive” 11.8/24 overnight rating on Saturday, “up 13 percent from a 10.4/21 for last year’s SEC title game between the same two teams. The 11.8 overnight is the highest ever for the SEC Championship Game, topping the previous record set last year, and marks the highest overnight for any non-Bowl college football game since Michigan/Ohio St. in ‘06 (13.7/28). Additionally, the 11.8 is the highest overnight for a regular-season college football game on CBS since Notre Dame/Miami in ‘89 (14.6).
… Georgia Tech’s victory over Clemson drew a mere 1.9 overnight rating on ESPN Saturday night, down 35% from a 2.9 for last year’s Virginia Tech/Boston College game, and down 55% from a 4.2 for Virginia Tech/Boston College in ’07. Both of those games aired on Saturday afternoons on ABC.
The 1.9 overnight rating is the lowest in the five-year history of the ACC Championship Game, the second straight year the game has drawn a record low.
Head-to-head, the ACC Championship Game was outdrawn by 300% by the Big 12 Championship Game on ABC (7.6 to 1.9).
Those are, like, Mountain West numbers, people. On a Thursday night in October. Ouch.