Alabama’s blowout of Notre Dame does bad ratings (chart)


Alabama became the first back to back champion in the BCS era last night with a  42-14 rout over Notre Dame. The game drew a 15.7 overnight rating Monday on ESPN, the network said Tuesday. That’s actually up 14 percent from last year’s game, another blowout Crimson Tide victory, 21-0 over LSU. But it’s down from the 16.1 for ESPN’s first BCS championship two years ago, Auburn’s 22-19 win over Oregon that was “for all the Tostitos” at the very end.

It got off to a decent start, but once the second half started, people checked out.

Check out the chart below, which shows you when viewership peaked early on, and then people checked out as the Irish got killed by the Tide.



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