MIAMI (CBSMiami) – When the Bowl Championship Series left network television for cable giant ESPN, a drop-off in the ratings was expected. But Monday night’s BCS championship game may have been the low point for the BCS.

The all-SEC matchup between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide drew the lowest overnight rating of any BCS championship game in the history of the BCS.

Not only that, but the Alabama-LSU rating wasn’t even close, 13.8, to the previous low of 14.3 for the 2002 Rose Bowl of Miami versus Nebraska.

The BCS Championship Game ratings were down more than 14 percent from last year’s Auburn Tigers versus Oregon Ducks game. The game was also down 24 percent from Alabama’s last national championship game in 2010.

According to the Los Angeles Times, every BCS game saw ratings decrease in 2012.

Alabama did pull off many historical feats yesterday, including the fact that they were the first team since 1936 to win a national championship without winning its conference championship.

Comments (4)
  1. Bill Zuke says:

    It’s interesting that you don’t hear this story on the great giant, ESPN! I was sick of them telling me how great the game was going to be when it was all self promotion when THEY were carrying the game. Now we have to see network personalities in commercials – THEY (ESPN) are making the news that they are reporting.

    Give me the old days where someone told you the scores and showed you the highlights please!!!!!!

  2. Jimbo says:

    Those ratings are based on ALL homes – even the ones that don’t HAVE ESPN and COULDN’T watch it. Among homes that DO receive ESPN, it was the second-largest audience in cable TV history!! From the news wire: “The average of 24.2 million viewers is the second-largest audience in cable history behind the 2011 title game. The BCS championship moved to cable last year.” Some who have a bias against the SEC desperately WANT the ratings to have been low, but the FACTS don’t support it.

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