Saturday afternoon's SEC Championship Game showdown between Alabama and Georgia pulled a 10.0 overnight rating, second only to the USC-Notre Dame game from two weeks ago for college football games this season. But it's not that the game drew massive ratings that was a surprise: it's the ratings of the other conference championship games this past weekend that were the surprise.
Wisconsin's blowout win over Nebraska on Fox on Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship Game drew a 2.5 rating, down 42% from Wisconsin and Michigan State's exciting game last season. It's also much lower than Big Ten conference games from this season. OSU-MIchigan pulled a huge 5.3 rating a couple weeks ago, but even an OSU-Michigan State game from September earned a 3.6 overnight rating. Of course, the extreme nature of Wisconsin's blowout played a significant factor in the huge decrease.
Stanford and UCLA's matchup in the Pac-12 Championship Game was slightly up (3.3 in 2012, 3.2 in 2011) from 2011's Oregon-UCLA matchup. The second straight Stanford-UCLA game seemingly had no effect on ratings either, with the rating for the championship game nearly doubling the 1.7 the prior Saturday night's UCLA-Stanford game drew.no comments