ESPN's BCS Championship telecast second-highest-rated cable telecast ever

Game receives a 29.1 rating in Oklahoma City
by Mel Bracht Published: January 10, 2012
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ESPN's telecast of the BCS Championship game posted a 16.2 fast national rating, making it the second-highest-rated cable telecast ever behind last year's BCS final (17.8). The telecast received a 29.1 rating in Oklahoma City, a 19 percent increase over last year's final. CBS' Steelers-Broncos playoff telecast received a 24.0 national rating, including a 23.6 on KWTV-9, making it the highest-rated NFL wild-card game in 18 years.

ESPNU's telecast of the Bedlam men's basketball game Monday night managed only a 4.2 rating, down 42 percent from the first game last year in Stillwater (7.3).

Sports events Jan. 3-9

1. BCS Championship, Auburn vs. LSU, Monday, ESPN, 29.1.

2. Pittsburgh at Denver, NFL playoffs, Sunday, KWTV-9, 23.6.

3. Detroit at New Orleans, NFL playoffs, Saturday, KFOR-4, 17.2.

4. Cotton Bowl, Arkansas vs. Kansas State, Friday, KOKH-25, 15.7.

5. Atlanta at N.Y. Giants, NFL playoffs, Sunday, KOKH-25, 14.0.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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