via press release:
2010 TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL POSTS +5% YEAR-TO-YEAR GAIN
BCS ON FOX UP +27% VS. ‘09
The TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL on FOX averaged an 8.2/13 average household/share with 13.8 million viewers last night for a competitive game between Texas Christian University and Boise State University, up +5% over last year’s comparable 7.8/13 (13.4 mill) for the Sugar Bowl (Alabama – Utah) in households, and up across key male demos including M18-34 (+20%, 5.4 vs. 4.5), M18-49 (+12%, 6.5 vs. 5.8), and M25-54 (+7%, 7.3 vs. 6.8). Compared to last year’s Fiesta Bowl which was powered by a Texas-Ohio State matchup, last night’s 8.2/13 was down -21% (10.4/17, 17.1 mill).
The matchup of Boise State and TCU clearly held its own when compared against recent BCS history. Of the 11 non-Championship BCS bowl games that FOX has aired, last night’s Fiesta Bowl ranks as the fifth highest-rated. The six games that last night’s game out-rated include two Sugar Bowls with traditional SEC powers (Alabama last year and Georgia in 2008) and four games that matched teams from BCS conferences (the last three Orange Bowls and the 2008 Fiesta Bowl).
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl powered FOX to a first place finish for the night averaging a 7.8/12 (8-11p) for the night easily out-rating CBS (5.8/9) by +34%, ABC (5.7/9) by +37%, and NBC (3.1/5) by +152%.
Dallas led all markets with a sensational 22.8/35, followed by Birmingham (22.2/31), Salt Lake City (18.0/29), and Austin (17.3/28). Boise is not a metered market.
Through two-telecasts, the Bowl Championship Series on FOX is averaging an 8.4/14 (14.6 million viewers), up a hefty +27% over last year’s first two games (6.6/11, 11.3 mill).