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.