BCS
Updated: January 10, 2013, 4:00 PM ET

BCS games rise in attendance and viewership

Bowl Championship Series -- Jan. 10, 2013

An average of 26 million fans watched the Discover BCS National Championship Game making it the second most-watched event in cable history, according to Nielsen and ESPN. The game featuring the No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide drew an 8.95% increase in viewership over last year's contest. Average viewership rose an impressive 7.46% for the BCS 5-game event.

"I want to thank the college football fans who love this sport as much as I do," said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the BCS. "With everything going on in people's lives, it's great to see how popular college football is, especially in our second-to-last year as the BCS."

All-Time High Attendance
Attendance set a stadium record with 80,120 fans for the BCS National Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium which bested previous events at the stadium including five Super Bowls and two World Series. (Due to the high level of demand for this year's game, additional seats were added to the stadium capacity.) Four out of this year's five BCS games showed an attendance increase when compared to last year's results. Figures for attendance at the BCS National Championship Game are compared to 2009 attendance figures, the last time the game was held in the same venue.

Largest Audiences in Cable Television History

  1. 1. 2011 Tostitos BCS National Champ. Game  27.3 million people, based on 17.8 rating
  2. 2. 2013 Discover BCS National Champ. Game  26.4 million people, based on 17.5 rating
  3. 3. 2012 Allstate BCS National Champ. Game  24.2 million people, based on 16.2 rating

About the Bowl Championship Series
The BCS is a five-game arrangement for post-season college football that is managed by the 11 Bowl Subdivision conferences and independent institutions. Its purpose is to match the two top-ranked teams in a national championship game and to create competitive match-ups in the four other BCS bowl games. For more information, visit http://www.bcsfootball.org.