Fan Viewership of BCS Increases 9.4%
Attendance at the final Bowl Championship Series games increased 3.2% with 397,106 fans attending the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange Bowls and the BCS National Championship Game, according to ESPN. An average of 79,421 fans attended the BCS games compared to 76,952 fans at last year's bowls and the Citi BCS 2010 National Championship Game. The four bowls' (Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange) attendance figures are compared to last year and the national championship game is compared to the last time the Rose Bowl Stadium held the event in 2010.
This year's games garnered an impressive 9.4% increase in viewership, according to Nielsen and ESPN. The five game series averaged 16.55 million viewers per event leading to a 9.4% increase when compared to last year's viewership average of 15.13 million fans.
Monday night's VIZIO BCS National Championship Game featuring the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles and No. 2 Auburn Tigers drew 25.6 million viewers making it the third most-watched cable event in history. This year's championship game trails only the 2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game (27.3 million viewers) and the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game (26.4 million viewers).
"To say the BCS ended on a 'high note' is an understatement," said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the BCS. "Over the last week, we've enjoyed five blockbuster matchups and plenty of amazing moments to cap-off the BCS highlights reel. Next season, it will be exciting to begin a new reel with the College Football Playoff."