Georgia defeated Alabama last night in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game 33-18 in what was a back-and-forth game up until the final minutes. However, it was hard to convince the country to even take notice, according to Austin Karp of the Sports Business Journal.
According to Karp’s report, last night’s game was the second-least watched title game in the College Football Playoff era.
22.6 million tuned in across three ESPN networks (ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU), which was up significantly from the record-low 18.7 million viewers that tuned in to Alabama vs Ohio State last year. Excluding that Bama-tOSU matchup, last night’s Championship was the least viewed since Oklahoma vs USC in 2005.
So, while the SEC claimed both spots in the final game of the year, it seems like the rest of the country couldn’t care less about which of the juggernauts hoisted the trophy. It is very redundant at this point, the same teams playing for the crown, but what are you going to do about it?
The two most talented teams in the country played for it all again last night, as is the case most years. I guess if you want to play with the “Big Boys” you have to recruit like them too.