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Rose Bowl on ESPN sets cable ratings record

ESPN kicked off 2011 with the first two BCS bowl games capping a memorable day of programming that generated record metered market overnight television ratings and strong digital traffic. According to Nielsen, The Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO, in which TCU defeated Wisconsin 21-19, delivered an 11.7, the highest overnight rating (excluding NFL) for ESPN and for all of cable television on record. Note: ESPN’s overnight ratings records for the cable industry date back to 2001.

The full press release follows after the jump.

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FOX’s 2010 BCS Coverage Up (Slightly) From 2009

The three BCS games on FOX this season averaged a 7.9/13 HH rating/share, 13.41 million viewers and a 4.4/12 A18-49 rating/share.  Last season, the three games averaged a 7.9/13 HH rating/share, 13.25 million viewers and a 4.4/12 A18-49 rating/share.

Although the gain from last season is slight (+1% or +160,000 viewers), it marks FOX Sports’ fifth consecutive major sports event/package to post audience increase over the previous year (joining MLB All-Star Game, MLB League Championship Series, MLB World Series and NFL Regular Season).  Head on over the jump to see 2009 to 2010 comparisons for the Sugar Bowl [up from 2009], Fiesta Bowl [down from 2009] and Orange Bowl [up from 2009].

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Rose Bowl Up 10%, FOX BCS Games Up 13% (12% Overall)

With the College Football season, and therefore Bowl season, over, it’s time to take a quick look at how the ratings turned out for this year’s set of major games: Rose Bowl; Orange Bowl; Sugar Bowl; Fiesta Bowl and the National Championship.

Here’s how the respective telecast’s this year stack up to last season […]

NBC and Notre Dame Renew Sports Pact

The University of Notre Dame and NBC Sports have signed a new five-year agreement which will keep Fighting Irish football games on NBC through 2015.  Though terms were not disclosed, the previous five-year deal with Notre Dame cost NBC $45 million.  With the new deal in place, it brings relationship between the network and college to 25 years, going back to 1991.  Quite telling that NBC was so committed to renewing their deal, despite the fact that Notre Dame is coming off their worst record ever (3-9) in 2007. The full press release follows after the jump.

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2008 Fox BCS Ratings Summary

Now that the 2008 BCS games have all completed, I figured it would be a good time to take a look at how the series fared this year compared to last year.

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Dish Joins DirecTV in Offering Big Ten Network

Missing out on that amazing Michigan/Appalachian State game last week may have pushed DISH to expediate their pick-up of the Big Ten Network.  The satellite provider today announced that the station has been added to their lineup of networks.

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Big 10 Network Kicks Off Thursday, But Few Able to Watch

The new Big 10 Network will telecast its first game tomorrow (Thursday, August 30), but with only one major provider carrying the network (DirecTV), and no major cable operator signed up yet, many fans will not be able to watch coverage of their favorite college teams.

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ABC Renews “Saturday Night College Football”

Saturday Night Football is returning to ABC. The series of college football games will debut on September 1 with the matchup of Tennessee at California and run for 12 weeks.

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Florida Gators dismantle the Ohio State Buckeyes

Those questioning whether or not the Florida Gators belonged in the BCS Championship game with the Buckeyes have been silenced.

The Gators handedly defeated the Buckeyes 41-14 in the championship game. It took an entire half just for the defense of the Buckeyes to adjust to the offensive onslought, while their offense never truely seemed to be in the game once Ginn (who opened the matchup with a 93 yard Kickoff return for TD) was sidelined with an injury. Continue reading Florida Gators dismantle the Ohio State Buckeyes

It’s Ohio State/Florida for the National Title. BCS Selections Announced

The BCS standings have been released and the championship title game will be played between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Florida Gators.

The Gators barely nudged by the Wolverines for the #2 spot with both teams scoring a .940 in the computer rankings, and Florida leading Michigan in the Harris Interactive Poll (.945 to .931) and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll (.948 to .932).

Here are the official bowl game selections:

  • AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 1, 11:30 AM EST on Fox HD):
    • #9 Auburn vs. #23 Nebraska
  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 5:00 PM EST on ABC HD)
    • #3 Michigan vs. #5 USC
  • Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1, 8:00 PM EST on Fox HD)
    • #8 Boise State vs. #10 Oklahoma
  • FedEx Orange Bowl (Jan. 2, 7:30 PM EST on Fox HD)
    • #6 Louisville vs. #14 Wake Forest
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 3, 7:30 PM EST on Fox HD)
    • #4 LSU vs. #11 Notre Dame
  • Tostitos BCS National Championship (Jan. 8, 7:30 PM EST on Fox HD)
    • #1 Ohio State vs. #2 Florida

For a great up-to-date listing of all the games during bowl season check out this post at the Hot Off The Press! thread over at AVS Forum.

Continue reading for the final BCS standings.

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Florida moves past Michigan for the #2 spot in the AP and Coaches Top 25 polls

The Associated Press is reporting that Florida has passed Michigan to take the #2 spot in the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll.

After the USC loss last night, the final spot in the BCS Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes will be between the Michigan Wolverines and the Florida Gators.

Ohio State’s coach Tressel abstained this week in his voting in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

“We are excited to play in the BCS title game against a tremendous opponent,” he said in a statement. “After consultation with my director of athletics, Gene Smith, and based upon our unique position in the BCS standings, I believe it is only fair that we not participate the final poll.”

With the movement of Florida into the final spot it is expected that Florida will be the #2 team in the final BCS poll, which will be released later today.

Continue reading to see the complete AP Top 25 and USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll.

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