BCS National Championship Game Draws Lowest Overnight Rating in Title Game’s 14-Year History


The BCS national championship between LSU and Alabama certainly lacked offense. And it turns out that the field wasn't the only place where scores were low.

USAToday.com reports that the national championship game — a rematch of a 9-6 regular-season game between the SEC powers — drew the worst overnight rating for a title game in the BCS system's history.

The 13.8 overnight rating is the lowest the game has received in its 14 years of existence. That means that 13.8 percent of households in the 56 markets measured for overnights. It fell below the previous low, which came in 2002 when Miami and Nebraska met in the Rose Bowl.

However, the overall rating just barely eclipsed the previous low. The 21-0 win for Alabama was seen in 14 percent of U.S. households, also according to USA Today. The worst draw came in 2005 when USC-Oklahoma got a 13.7 percent, and Miami-Nebraska took a 13.8 percent rating in 2002.

AL.com also points out that the Nov. 5 regular-season matchup, won by LSU, drew an 11.5 overnight rating.

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