The college football national championship game continues to go from one ratings success to the next… er, not exactly.
The Clemson/Alabama College Football Playoff National Championship had a 15.3 overnight rating on the ESPN family of networks Monday night, down 4% from the same matchup last year (16.0) and down 19% from Ohio State/Oregon in 2014 (18.9). The 15.3 is the lowest for college football’s national championship in five years, since Alabama/LSU scored a 13.8.
Going back further, the 15.3 is the second-lowest for the title game since 2005 and the fifth-lowest since the formation of the Bowl Championship Series in the 1998-99 season.
You ungrateful wretches! Don’t you fans recognize improvement when you see it? Aren’t they doing it just for you?
Birmingham was the top market with a 53.6 rating, down 9% from last year (59.2) and easily the market’s lowest rating for a national championship involving Alabama or Auburn since the formation of the BCS.
Maybe we’ve overdosed on the Tide. Sad!
I’m sure it’s nothing a sixteen-team playoff couldn’t fix. Everybody loves a good Cinderella story, after all.