The ratings are in for the BCS National Championship Game and... well, they're about as ugly as the game was Monday night. The rematch between LSU and Alabama drew a 13.8 overnight rating on ESPN, which was the worst in the history of the BCS title game. It eclipses the dreadful Miami/Nebraska game from 2002, which was another game that had questionable circumstances surrounding the arbitrary selection of one of the participants. Ratings were sure to be weakened with plenty of fans loathing the prospects of a rematch and were sure to continue going down as LSU didn't even get across midfield till the 4th quarter.
Let's face it, Monday's snoozer was an awful game to watch. I've stood in DMV lines that were more exciting than the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. This was like watching a Kris Humphries reality show without the Kardashians. We suffered through five more Alabama field goals and had to wait almost the entire length of the game for a touchdown to be scored. LSU had 534 yards FEWER offense than the Saints put up in the same building two days prior.
And then you had Brent Musburger doing his best to make the previously awesome "Honey Badger" nickname totally unusable for the rest of time. (Although the "Jesus Christ Lizard" is still available for Tim Tebow in case you were wondering.) The only redeeming aspect of the game was seeing Bruce Feldman make ESPN airwaves without getting blurred out and then listening to Bobby Hebert rant at Les Miles during the postgame press conference.
(Is this a good time to mention my first ever Halloween costume was a mini Bobby Hebert Saints uniform? Unfortunately, I don't remember giving people a possibly drunken 48 second diatribe for only giving me pennies and Sweet Tarts. I was 4, cut me some slack.)
Obviously, the entire BCS shift to cable explains much of the drop compared to pre-2011. Even though ESPN is in 100 million homes, there's still less viewers to go around on cable. And, even though the numbers across the BCS are down from last year, BCS games are still major winners in the ratings compared to other cable programs as they were three of the five highest rated shows this past week.
But the decline from 2010 to 2011 is still worrisome for the BCS, which makes me absolutely giddy because bad news for the BCS is good news for us...