Georgia's national championship blowout of TCU leads to record-low TV ratings
Georgia’s 65-7 dump-trucking of of TCU in Monday night’s national championship game finished off the 2022 season, but it also led to a record-low number of viewers.
ESPN announced that the game drew 17.2 million viewers, a record-low for the championship game in the College Football Playoff era. The game 2 years ago when Alabama beat Ohio State brought in 18.7 million and was the least-watched college football title game at the time since 2004.
Once Georgia built a big early lead, non-partisan fans around the country likely went to bed early. Georgia was up by 10 points at the end of the first quarter and the Bulldogs scored on 10 of their 12 possessions, as the game was hardly in doubt after the first quarter. That’s about the time when many viewers checked out.
Viewership peaked in the 8:30 p.m. quarter hour at 22.365 million viewers, but that’s when it plummeted quickly.
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) January 10, 2023
TCU/Georgia CFP Championship quarter hours (sum of ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU):
8P ET: 20.33M
— Sports TV Ratings (@SportsTVRatings) January 10, 2023