Don't look for Texas vs. Alabama BCS Championship to Top Texas vs. USC

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January 6th, 2010

via Nielsen Wire:

When the Longhorns dramatically stunned the USC Trojans in 2006, it became the most watched national championship game (35.6 million viewers) of the BCS era. But heavy star power – with names like Young, Leinart, and Bush – and an opponent from the second highest media market (Los Angeles) had a lot to with that.

MOST WATCHED BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES, SINCE 1999
RANK DATE BOWL TEAMS AVG # OF VIEWERS
1 1/4/2006 * Rose Texas vs. USC 35,630,000
2 1/3/2003 Fiesta Ohio State vs. Miami 29,104,000
3 1/8/2007 * BCS Florida vs. Ohio State 28,795,000
4 1/3/2001 Orange Oklahoma vs. Florida State 27,240,000
5 1/1/2000 Sugar Florida State vs Virginia Tech 26,962,000
Source: The Nielsen Company
* - Live + Same Day Viewing Estimates On This Page Include DVR Playback On The Same Day, Defined As 3AM-3AM

One thing’s for sure: the teams’ home markets will certainly be watching in full force. When Alabama defeated Florida in the SEC Championship Game last month, a whopping 50.2% of all TV households in the Birmingham market were tuned in. Meanwhile 32.3% of Austin’s TV households tuned in to Texas’s narrow 13-12 win over Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship Game.

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Here's all the ratings we have on past college football championship games.

Number of Number of
Year Bowl Network rating Share Homes Viewers Teams
1/7/2008 * BCS FOX 14.4 22 16,291,000 23,069,000 LSU vs. Ohio State
1/8/2007 * BCS FOX 17.4 27 19,378,000 28,795,000 Florida vs. Ohio State
1/4/2006 * Rose ABC 21.7 35 23,928,000 35,630,000 Texas vs. USC
1/4/05 Orange ABC 13.7 22 14,996,000 21,419,000 USC vs. Oklahoma
1/4/04 Sugar ABC 14.8 23 16,047,000 23,937,000 LSU vs. Oklahoma
1/3/03 Fiesta ABC 17.2 29 18,385,000 29,104,000 Ohio State vs. Miami
1/3/02 Rose ABC 13.8 22 14,548,000 21,559,000 Miami (Florida) vs Nebraska
1/3/01 Orange ABC 17.8 28 18,200,000 27,240,000 Oklahoma vs. Florida State
1/1/00 Sugar ABC 17.5 28 17,680,000 26,962,000 Florida State vs Virginia Tech
1/4/99 Fiesta ABC 17.2 26 17,081,000 26,112,000 Tennessee vs Florida State
1/1/98 Rose ABC 17.6 32 17,294,000 28,989,000 Michigan vs Washington State
1/2/97 Sugar ABC 17.9 29 17,330,000 25,735,050 Florida vs Florida State
1/2/96 Fiesta CBS 18.8 31 18,030,000 27,883,000 Nebraska vs Florida
1/1/95 Orange NBC 18.9 31 18,031,000 30,000,000 Nebraska vs Miami (Florida)
1/1/94 Orange NBC 17.8 31 16,768,000 28,814,000 Florida State vs Nebraska
1/1/93 Sugar ABC 18.2 31 16,940,000 30,136,260 Alabama vs Miami (Florida)
1/1/92 Orange NBC 11.0 18 10,130,000 16,591,000 Miami (Florida) vs Nebraska
1//1991 Orange NBC 18.3 30 17,040,000 29,600,000 Colorado vs Notre Dame

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*Note: Live + Same Day Viewing Estimates On This Page Include DVR Playback On The Same Day, Defined As 3AM-3AM. All other years are Live viewing only.

 
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