College Football Championship TV Ratings, 1991-2008

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January 8th, 2009

I should have had this up long in advance of Thursday's 2009 BCS game, but better late than never. The college football championship game ratings have been remarkably consistent compared to other big sports championship. Depending on when you read this, you've still got a chance to guess at this years numbers before the ratings for Thursday's game are available on Friday. I will update this chart when the final numbers are in for 2009.

Complete College Football Championship TV Ratings, 1991-2008:


Year Bowl Network Rating Share Homes (million) Viewers (million) Teams
2008 BCS FOX 14.4 22 16.291 23.069 LSU vs. Ohio State
2007 BCS FOX 17.4 27 19.378 28.795 Florida vs. Ohio State
2006 Rose ABC 21.7 35 23.928 35.630 Texas vs. USC
2005 Orange ABC 13.7 22 14.996 21.419 USC vs. Oklahoma
2004 Sugar ABC 14.8 23 16.047 23.937 LSU vs. Oklahoma
2003 Fiesta ABC 17.2 29 18.385 29.104 Ohio State vs. Miami
2002 Rose ABC 13.8 22 14.548 21.559 Miami (Florida) vs Nebraska
2001 Orange ABC 17.8 28 18.200 27.240 Oklahoma vs. Florida State
2000 Sugar ABC 17.5 28 17.680 26.962 Florida State vs Virginia Tech
1999 Fiesta ABC 17.2 26 17.081 26.112 Tennessee vs Florida State
1998 Rose ABC 17.6 32 17.294 28.989 Michigan vs Washington State
1997 Sugar ABC 17.9 29 17.330 25.735 Florida vs Florida State
1996 Fiesta CBS 18.8 31 18.030 27.883 Nebraska vs Florida
1995 Orange NBC 18.9 31 18.031 30.000 Nebraska vs Miami (Florida)
1994 Orange NBC 17.8 31 16.768 28.814 Florida State vs Nebraska
1993 Sugar ABC 18.2 31 16.940 30.136 Alabama vs Miami (Florida)
1992 Orange NBC 11.0 18 10.130 16.591 Miami (Florida) vs Nebraska
1991 Orange NBC 18.3 30 17.040 29.600 Colorado vs Notre Dame

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2006-2008 data is Live+SD viewing. Prior years are Live viewing.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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