Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14, was a laugher, and as a result, it won’t come close to being the highest-rated BCS Championship game of all-time. ESPN announced the overnight rating was a 15.7, which was up 14 percent from last year’s Alabama-LSU snoozer.
That’s the largest cable TV rating in two years (the Auburn-Oregon 2011 BCS title game drew a 16.1). What stinks for ESPN (and football fans) is that the ND/Alabama rating peaked from 9-9:15 pm, according to a network spokesman, which makes you wonder what might have been if the referees had given Notre Dame that fumble on the punt return in the 1st quarter. The Tide were better from start to finish, but that blown call obviously hurt the Irish.
Not taken into account: The number of viewers who weren’t watching, but got text messages from friends about AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, and decided to tune in.
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