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National Championship Game the Second Most-Watched in BCS Era

More than 30 million people saw this happen.


The BCS National Championship Game between Texas and Alabama last Thursday proved to be the second most watched title game in the history of the BCS era according to the Neilson Media Research. An estimated 30.78 million viewers tuned in to ABC for the Crimson Tide's 37-21 victory over the Longhorns in Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl stadium that earned the storied Alabama football program its 13th national championship.

The most-viewed national championship matchup of the BCS era was the 2006 Rose Bowl between Texas and USC that drew 35.6 million viewers. Last year's title game which saw Florida best Oklahoma 24-14 pulled in 26.8 million viewers. Thursday's national championship game was the second most watched program of the week. It was eclipsed in the ratings rankings by the NFL playoff game between Philadelphia and Dallas on NBC, which drew 32.1 million viewers.