Combined Overnight Ratings for Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl BCS Games Rises over 2012

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January 2nd, 2013

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Combined Overnight Ratings for Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl BCS Games Rises over 2012
ESPN’s first two Bowl Championship Series telecasts of 2013 – the Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO and Discover Orange Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 1 – combined to average an 8.0 metered market rating, according to Nielsen. The two-game average marks an increase of 11 percent over a 7.2 average overnight rating for the 2012 Rose Bowl Presented by VIZIO and Discover Orange Bowl games.
The 2013 Discover Orange Bowl – No. 12 Florida State beating No. 15 Northern Illinois 31-10 – averaged a 6.5 overnight. With the telecast, ESPN won the night as television’s most-watched network – broadcast or cable. This year’s telecast is 44 percent higher than the 2012 game, a 4.5 rating for No. 23 West Virginia defeating No. 15 Clemson 70-33.
The 2013 Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO, in which No. 6 Stanford defeated unranked Wisconsin 20-14, earned a 9.6 overnight, the highest on cable television outside of ESPN’s NFL games since the 2012 Bowl Championship Series National Championship. The telecast is down 3 percent from a 9.9 rating for last year’s game, which saw No. 5 Oregon defeat No. 10 Wisconsin 45-38 in the highest scoring Rose Bowl Game ever.
In the markets of participating teams, the Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO averaged a 31.1 rating in Milwaukee, the second highest rating for an ESPN bowl game in the market on record (back to 2000). ESPN’s coverage earned a 12.3 rating in San Francisco, the market’s third highest-rated bowl on ESPN networks. The telecast also averaged a 20.7 in Birmingham, 19.8 in Columbus, 15.6 in Dayton and 14.0 in Portland.
The Discover Orange Bowl averaged an 11.1 overnight in Chicago, the second highest ESPN bowl rating in Chicago on record. It also garnered a 14.1 in Jacksonville and 11.9 in Orlando, marking the fourth and third highest-rated bowl games on ESPN in the markets, respectively. ESPN’s coverage recorded a 19.9 in Birmingham, 11.7 in Oklahoma City and 10.7 in Greenville.
ESPN & the BCS
ESPN's third year of exclusive coverage of the five BCS matchups will continue tonight with the Allstate Sugar Bowl (Tuesday, Jan. 2), Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Thursday, Jan. 3) and Discover BCS National Championship Game (Monday, Jan. 7). Overall, ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will present all five BCS Bowl games with ESPN 3D also televising Allstate Sugar Bowl and Discover BCS National Championship Game.
  • kbmv24

    Who said the Orange Bowl beat the Rose Bowl? As you can see, Rose Bowl(9.6) to Orange Bowl(6.5). Obviously the increase for the Orange Bowl is big compared to last season. But that was expected. Last year’s Orange Bowl was the lowest ever for a BCS game.

  • kbmv24

    The Fiesta Bowl will get huge ratings. Oregon vs Kansas st. at least a 10 household rating.

  • William

    Not sure if the Sugar Bowl will be a huge winner. The Fiesta and Cotton will do well. Of course, the national championship game will be boffo numbers.

  • E

    Boy did the BCS ever ruin college football on New Years Day. The games are now all spread out with terrible matchups. Years ago New Year’s Day was a great day for college football. The Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, and Orange Bowl were all played the same day. Yes, the games overlapped, but there were always great matchups and great ratings. Now no one cares.

  • DeeAgeaux

    NCAA Football is the second most watched sport after NFL Football.

    More people than ever care.

    Pac12/Big 10 are no longer isolated.

    IF a Top 2 team comes from a Pac12/Big10 school then they play the other Top 2 team.

    No Rose Bowl champion fanbase arguing with the Fiesta/Orange bowl champion fanbase about who the best is in the country.

    Better matchups than ever.

    I can watch every game with little overlap.

    As opposed to three Bowls on at the same time.

    Better than ever.

    More Bowls with more eyeballs watching than ever.

    Even a few sub-500 teams.

    More people care than ever.

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