Penn State Tops 2011 Bowl TV Ratings

With college football fans getting fed up with the BCS system, it is no surprise to see that ratings for college football’s bowl season were down on 9% from last season including a 11% drop for the BCS title game between Auburn and Oregon.

One bright spot was Penn State who once again dominated bowl ratings. The Outback Bowl between the Nittany Lions and the Florida Gators rank 4th among all bowls, BCS and non-BCS drawing more viewers than the Orange and Fiesta bowls. The 7.05 rating was an 101% over the 3.5 rating earned last season between Auburn and Northwestern.

In a bowl season when 23 of the 33 returning bowls drew lower ratings than a year ago, including 13 that plummeted by 20% or more, the Outback bowl emerged as a clear winner.

Matchup Ratings* Change Last Year’s Matchup Last year’s rating
BCS Title Game Auburn / Oregon 15.29 -11% Alabama / Texas 17.2
Rose TCU / Wisconsin 11.26 -15% Ohio St / Oregon 13.2
Sugar Ohio State / Arkansas 8.2 -4% Florida / Cincinnati 8.5
Outback Florida / Penn State 7.05 +101% Auburn / Northwestern 3.5
Orange Stanford / Virginia Tech 6.75 -1% Iowa / Georgia Tech 6.8
Fiesta Oklahoma / UConn 6.15 -25% Boise St / TCU 8.2
Cotton LSU / Texas A&M 5.81 +29% Oklahoma St / Ole Miss 4.5
Chick-fil-A S Carolina / Florida State 4.32 -2% VA Tech / Tennessee 4.2
Music City N Carolina / Tennessee 4.24 +152% Kentucky / Clemson 1.7
Capital One Alabama / Michigan St 3.69 -46% Penn State / LSU 6.8
Holiday Nebraska / Washington 3.48 -6% Arizona / Nebraska 3.7
Las Vegas Utah / Boise St 3.26 +46% BYU / Oregon St 2.2
Sun Miami / Notre Dame 3.01 -9% Oklahoma / Stanford 3.3
Liberty Georiga / UCF 2.96 -21% Arkansas / E Carolina 3.8
Alamo Oklahoma St / Arizona 2.84 -41% Texas Tech / Michigan St 4.8
Texas Baylor / Illinois 2.65 +24% Navy / Missouri 2.1
Poinsettia San Diego St / Navy 2.26 -7% Utah / California 2.4
Pinstripe Kansas St / Syracuse 2.26 New Bowl
Insight Iowa / Missouri 2.24 +460% Iowa St / Minnesota 0.4
BBVA Compass Kentucky / Pitt 2.20 +38% S Carolina / UConn 1.6
Champs Sports W Virginia / NC State 2.12 -84% Wisconsin / Miami 3.9
Hawaii Tulsa / Hawaii 2.11 +24% Nevada / SMU 1.7
Meineke Car Care Clemson / South Florida 1.98 -50% Pitt / N Carolina 3.9
Beef O Brady Louisville / Southern Miss 1.97 +21% UCF / Rutgers 1.6
Humanitarian Northern Illinois / Fresno St 1.84 -11% Bowling Green / Idaho 2.1
New Mexico BYU / UTEP 1.82 -24% Fresno St / Wyoming 2.4
GoDaddy.com Middle Tenn / Miami (OH) 1.75 -27% Central Michigan / Troy 2.4
Gator Miss State / Michigan 1.71 -57% Florida St / W Virginia 4.0
Kraft Fight Hunger Boston College / Nevada 1.61 -65% USC / Boston College 4.6
Military Maryland / East Carolina 1.48 -22% UCLA / Temple 1.9
Independence Georgia Tech / Air Force 1.44 -41% Texas A&M / Georgia 2.0
Little Caesars Florida Int / Toledo 1.41 -82% Marshall / Ohio 2.6
Armed Forces Army / SMU 1.33 -15% Houston / Air Force 1.6
New Orleans Troy / Ohio 1.32 +103% Middle Tenn / S Miss 0.7
TicketCity Northwestern / Texas Tech N/A New Bowl

* Nielsen Media Research

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