Update: Per ESPN the early game (Peach Bowl) averaged 19.344 million across ESPN & ESPN2, up 23% from last year. The late game Fiesta Bowl averaged 19.236 million, up 3% from last year’s late game.
Did New Years Eve being on a Saturday (vs a Thursday last year) help? Maybe a little but not as much as not having the games on New Year’s Eve will help.
Clemson’s beatdown of Ohio State averaged a 10.0 overnight rating, up 1% versus the 9.9 for last year’s Cotton Bowl that drew a 9.9, but down versus 2014’s Sugar Bowl which earned a 15.3 overnight rating.
Earlier in the day Alabama’s easy win over Washington drew a 10.9 overnight rating, up 12% versus last year’s Orange Bowl that drew a 9.7 but still down 29% from the comparable 2014 season game (Oregon/Florida State Rose Bowl) that drew a 15.5 overnight rating.
|CFP Semi||2016 Overnight||Bowl/Date||2015 Overnight||2015 Viewership||Bowl/Dt||2014 Overnight||2014 Viewership||Bowl/Dat|
|Early Semi||10.9||Peach Washington-Alabama, 12/31/16||9.7||15.64 million||Orange Clemson-Oklahoma, 12/31/15||15.3||28.271 million||Sugar Ohio St-Alabama, 1/1/15|
|Late Semi||10.0||Fiesta Ohio St-Clemson, 12/31/16||9.9||18.552 million||Cotton Michigan St-Alabama,12/31/15||15.5||28.164 million||Rose Oregon-Florida St 1/1/15|