Lopsided video games, schedule drag down CFP tv scores

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Tv viewership for the Faculty Soccer Playoff on ESPN dropped from final season, dragged down by lopsided video games and never being performed on New 12 months’s Day.

ESPN stated Sunday that Alabama’s 45-34 victory in opposition to Oklahoma within the Orange Bowl on Saturday night time drew a 10.four in a single day ranking and 19 million viewers, peaking at 11.eight and 20.7 million early within the first quarter when the Crimson Tide jumped out to a 14-point lead. Alabama finally led 28-0.

The community says Clemson’s 30-Three victory in opposition to Notre Dame within the Cotton Bowl earlier Saturday drew a 10.Three ranking and 16.eight million viewers, peaking at 11.2 and 18.1 million when the Tigers scored with 2 second left within the first half to make it 23-3.

Final season, when the semifinals have been performed on New 12 months’s Day and Georgia and Oklahoma went to time beyond regulation within the Rose Bowl, the video games averaged a 13.9 ranking and 24 million viewers.

One of the best tv scores for the Faculty Soccer Playoff got here within the first 12 months, when Florida State and Oregon performed within the Rose Bowl and Alabama and Ohio State performed within the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015, and each video games have been aggressive into the second half. ESPN drew report audiences of greater than 28 million viewers and a mean ranking of about 15.

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This 12 months’s semifinals topped solely the second 12 months of the playoffs, when the semifinals have been held within the Cotton and Orange bowls on Dec. 31, 2015, a Thursday. In contrast with that season, the primary recreation of the semifinal doubleheader was up 5 p.c and the second recreation was up four p.c.

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