ESPN College Football Playoffs 2016
Ratings are finally in for ESPN's college football semifinal playoff games and the numbers don't look good.
College Football played the playoff games on New Year's Eve. As predicted, the ratings for the event took a major hit. Last year's seminifinals – Rose (15.5) and Sugar (15.3) – both topped the 15.0 mark. Neither semifinal this year – Cotton (9.9) and Orange (9.7) – cleared 10.0.
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That's a 36% drop from last year's semifinal ratings, even worse than TV analysts predicted. ESPN argues that they are trying to establish a New Year's Eve as "college football day," the same way the NBA is known for playing major basketball games on Christmas and the NFL headlines on Thanksgiving. It was a deliberate choice to put the games on a night that most people are not watching TV:
Playoff officials had a chance earlier this year to move the semis to Jan. 2, a Saturday with no competition from NFL games, but they were apparently so eager to begin the “new tradition” of playing games on New Year’s Eve that they decided to inconvenience fans and risk losing millions of viewers.
But, according to the Washington Post, the ESPN is not worried about ratings
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