2017 CFB Postseason - Attendance, Ratings, Scores, Contributions 2017 CFB Postseason – Attendance, Ratings, Scores, Contributions

Everything You Wanted To Know About The 2017 College Football Postseason - Attendance, Ratings, Scores, Contributions

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Everything You Wanted To Know About The 2017 College Football Postseason - Attendance, Ratings, Scores, Contributions

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Everything You Wanted To Know About The 2017 College Football Postseason - Attendance, Ratings, Scores, Contributions


The National Football Foundation compiles some compelling stats and information for the 2017 season.

Georgia figures prominently in those stats as the Dawgs played in the second-most and sixth-most viewed broadcasts in cable history.

Read also: All The 2017 NCAA Attendance Numbers And TV Ratings Information You Wanted

Postseason Ratings Highlights

The 39 postseason college bowl games of the 2017 season averaged 5,308,000 viewers per game (representing an 8 percent increase over last season and a 3 percent increase from two years ago) while reaching 122 million unique fans on television.

The 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 8 between Georgia and Alabama delivered the second biggest audience in cable television history, only behind the 2015 CFP National Championship between Ohio State and Oregon. This year’s game, the first CFP title matchup to go into overtime, averaged 28,443,000 viewers during the MegaCast production on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, up 13 percent from last season’s game and 9 percent from two years ago. The ESPN-only telecast averaged 27,383,000 viewers, and the total live audience clocked in at 29,932,000. The game delivered a 16.7 overnight rating on its Nielsen-rated networks (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU), up 9 percent from last season’s game and 5 percent from two years ago.

The College Football Playoff system on ESPN has now delivered the four biggest audiences in cable history and seven of the top 10.
The three-game College Football Playoff averaged 26,266,000 viewers, up an impressive 21 percent from last year’s three-game presentation, and the three games averaged a 14.9 overnight, up an impressive 18 percent from last year’s three-game presentation.

This season’s two CFP Semifinals (the Rose Bowl Game and the Allstate Sugar Bowl) on New Year’s Day averaged a 13.9 overnight, up 26 percent from last year and 42 percent from the 2015 season. The two CFP Semifinals averaged 24,590,000 viewers, up 27 percent from last year and 44 percent from the 2015 season. Individually, both games rank as the third and fourth most-viewed and highest-rated CFP Semifinals ever, trailing only the two record-breaking CFP Semifinals from the inaugural year.

The seven CFP games, covering the New Year’s Six and the CFP National Championship, averaged a total live audience of more than 17 million, making it the best ever in the four years of the new system. The average marked a 10 percent increase from last year and 25 percent from the 2015 season. The seven games also averaged a 9.8 overnight, also the best ever in the four years of the new system and up 5 percent from last year.
All non-CFP Semifinal New Year’s Six Games set new viewership records this season. The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl all delivered their most-watched game of the New Year’s Six era, except for the years their games were CFP Semifinals.

ESPN’s presentation of the entire New Year’s Six averaged an 8.4 overnight, the highest rated New Year’s Six in the system’s four-year history. This year’s presentation of the six games was up 8 percent from last year, 15 percent from the 2015 season and 3 percent from year one.
ESPN’s postseason, consisting of 35 bowl games plus the CFP National Championship, averaged 5,682,000 viewers, up 11 percent from last year’s similar slate, and the games averaged a 3.4 overnight rating, up 10 percent from last year. The average total live audience for the games was 6,079,000, making this year’s postseason ESPN’s most-watched in at least eight seasons.
Viewership for the 29 non-New Year’s Six bowls games on ESPN increased 7 percent, averaging 2,945,000 viewers.

The CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game on ESPN and ESPN2, which saw Georgia claim a 54-48 victory over Oklahoma on New Year’s Day, ranks as the sixth most-watched cable telecast of all time. The game drew 26,826,000 viewers on ESPN & ESPN2; and a total live audience of 28,311,000. The game delivered an exceptional 14.8 overnight rating (ESPN + ESPN2), nearly equaling the record-breaking inaugural CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game, which remains the highest-rated CFP Semifinal to date with a 15.5 overnight. The numbers represent a 29 percent increase from last season’s first CFP Semifinal on the same two networks and a 53 percent increase from the 2015 season’s first CFP Semifinal. The rating also is just shy of the record-breaking inaugural CFP Semifinal on Jan. 1, 2015, which notched a 15.5 overnight.

The CFP Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl on ESPN and ESPN2, which saw Alabama claim a 24-6 victory over Clemson on New Year’s Day, attracted 20,407,000 viewers on ESPN; 21,117,000 viewers on ESPN & ESPN2; and a total live audience* of 22,067,000. The game delivered an impressive 12.5 overnight rating (ESPN and ESPN2), up 19 percent from last season’s second CFP Semifinal, also on ESPN and ESPN2, and 26 percent from the 2015’s season second CFP Semifinal on the same two networks.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on ESPN, which saw Ohio State defeat Southern California, 24-7, was the most-watched non-CFP Semifinal Cotton Bowl of the New Year’s Six era with 9,544,000 viewers, 10,475,000 total live audience and a 5.34 household rating, representing a more than 70 percent increases from last season’s New Year’s Day Cotton Bowl. The Trojans-Buckeyes Cotton Bowl viewership also ranks as the bowl’s third best viewership in 20 years, excluding the year it was a CFP Semifinal.

The Capital One Orange Bowl on ESPN, which saw Wisconsin defeat Miami, 34-24, attracted 11,727,000 viewers and a 13,068,000 total live audience, making it the third most-watched non-CFP Semifinal game of the New Year’s Six era. The Orange Bowl viewership also represented a 2 percent increase from last year and more than 30 percent from 2014, which were the last two non-CFP Semifinal editions of the game.

The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on ESPN, which saw Penn State beat Washington, 35-28, attracted 10,167,000 viewers and a 11,308,000 total live audience, making it the fifth most-watched non-CFP Semifinal game of the New Year’s Six era. The Fiesta Bowl viewership also represented a 4 percent increase from the 2015 season and a 37 percent increase from the 2014 game, which were the last two non-CFP Semifinal editions of the game.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on ESPN, which saw UCF remain undefeated with a 34-27 victory over Auburn, delivered 8,377,000 viewers and a 8,841,000 total live audience, making it the second-most watched Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl of all time, and the most-watched non-CFP Semifinal Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in the New Year’s Six era. The game’s viewership marked a 49 percent increase from the 2015 season and a 67 percent jump from 2014.

The Outback Bowl, which featured Michigan playing South Carolina on ESPN2 at Noon on New Year’s Day, delivered a 3.1 overnight, up 72 percent from the 2016 Outback Bowl, the last time the game aired on ESPN2.  The viewership was 5,095,000 and a 5,366,000 total live audience, making it the second most-viewed program ever on ESPN2, behind only the 2015 Outback Bowl, which gives the game the two-most watched programs in ESPN2’s history.

The Citrus Bowl, which featured LSU playing Notre Dame on ABC on New Year’s Day, earned a 5.5 overnight, up 32 percent  from last year’s game. The game attracted 8,712,000 viewers and a 9,239,000 total live audience, up 36 percent from last year.

The Camping World Bowl featuring Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State on ESPN earned a 2.8 overnight, an 8 percent increase from last year’s game. The game attracted 4,358,000 viewers and a 4,829,000 total live audience.

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl on ESPN between Iowa and Boston College on Dec. 27 attracted 4,008,000 viewers and a 4,325,000 total live audience, the best for the bowl since 2013.

The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on ESPN between San Diego State and Army on Dec. 23 attracted 3,498,000 viewers and a 3,781,000 total live audience, the best viewership for the bowl ever.

The Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 16 between Boise State and Oregon attracted 3.8 million viewers on ABC, making it the most-watched Las Vegas Bowl since Boise State played Washington on ESPN in 2012 (4.4 million).

The Cactus Bowl earned a 2.04 rating, attracting a 3,565,000 total live audience on ESPN for the Kansas State win over UCLA. The ratings marked a 44 percent increase in viewership over the 2016 game, and the game ranked as the most-watched program on cable television for Dec. 26.

The Hawaii Bowl on ESPN between Fresno State and Houston on Dec. 24 attracted 2,097,000 viewers and a 2,368,000 total live audience, the highest for the bowl since 2013.

ESPN notched its second most-watched 24-hour period in the history of the 38-year old network on New Year’s Day, averaging 6,011,000 viewers from 6 a.m. on Jan. 1 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 2. The network attracted 96.1 million fans between Friday, Dec. 29 and Monday, Jan. 1, and they consumed more than 28.6 billion minutes of college football content.

The Reese’s Senior Bowl drew a 0.50 rating and 786,000 viewers on NFL Network, making it the most-watched edition of the game since 2011 (874,000).

The East-West Shrine Game had a 0.32 rating and 472,000 viewers on NFL Network, making it the most-watched edition of the game since at least 2012.

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