TV ratings for College Football Playoff down 36 percent

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The Michigan State Spartans line up against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the fourth quarter during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Michigan State Spartans line up against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the fourth quarter during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) — Television ratings for the College Football Playoff semifinals dropped approximately 36 percent from last season when they were played on New Year’s Day instead of New Year’s Eve.

ESPN announced the overnight ratings Friday.

The Orange Bowl between Clemson and Oklahoma, which kicked off about 4:10 p.m. ET on ESPN, drew a 9.7 rating. The first semifinal last season, the Rose Bowl with Oregon and Florida State on New Year’s Day, earned a 15.5.

The Michigan State-Alabama Cotton Bowl drew a 9.9 rating for ESPN compared to 15.3 for Ohio State-Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last Jan. 1.

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  • Sherm

    Of course TV ratings were down! This is the 21st century, for crying out loud!
    Most people stream their video content nowadays, this is no surprise…it shouldn’t be one anyway.
    It doesn’t help that they are not comparing Cotton Bowl to Cotton Bowl, or Orange Bowl to Orange Bowl.
    That makes it very hard to claim that your comparison is valid.
    Add into the mix the horrible black eye that the NFL has given the sport of football in general, and it really should be a wake-up call for everyone that the struggles are just beginning for every aspect of the athletics industry.

    • rory

      Absolutely agree, Sherm.
      I streamed all the bowl games this year, way cheaper than Dish, which I ditched at the beginning of this year.
      It doesn’t help when the NCAA PTB have already orchestrated an Alabama/Clemson Championship weeks in advance of the game by fixing the playoff games. ESPN had already scheduled Clemson/Alabama on their final countdown weeks ago, (November) as the National Championship game before the regular season was over!
      I thought it was a joke when I checked my ESPN app and saw that this lineup was scheduled for Jan.11 before Thanksgiving. It’s all a Hollywood show now, NFL and NCAA with the teams already chosen in advance simply to satisfy TV ratings and the Sheeple accept it.
      I’ll just take my football and tee over to the schoolyard and kick some 40 yard field goals for my idea of fun from now on.
      In your face, Biotches!