ESPN reveals big ratings numbers for CFP semifinals, New Year's Six broadcasts
The 2021-2022 College Football Bowl Season has been entertaining and wild with wild finishes from each conference. The B1G has seen its share of wild and great bowl performances. The viewing numbers have been announced by ESPN for all of the New Year’s Six Bowl games.
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Two of the three most viewed bowl games involve teams from the B1G. The Capital One Orange Bowl semifinal matchup between No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia was the most-watched game with 17.2 viewed. The Goodyear Cotton Bowl semifinal matchup between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Cincinnati had 16.6 million viewers.
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That is the same number of viewers as the Rose Bowl matchup that featured No. 6 Ohio State and No. 11 Utah. Those numbers likely rose as Ohio State was cutting the deficit of a highly offensive game. The Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl matchup between No. 10 Michigan State and No. 12 Pittsburgh was the least-watched New Year’s Six Bowl game with 7.6 million viewers.
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The non-semifinal New Year’s Six games averaged 10.7 million viewers, the third-most since the creation of the six major bowl games.
Finally, the Music City Bowl between Purdue and Tennessee reached 5.6 million views, which is the most of all non-NY6 bowl games and the third-most of non-NY6 games in the last six seasons.