Viewership numbers revealed for College Football Playoff semifinal games
Another College Football Playoff semifinal is in the books, and the same tired trend continued on New Year’s Eve. Blowouts and the SEC reign as No. 1 Alabama beat No. 4 Cincinnati 27-6, and in the nightcap, No. 3 Georgia trounced No. 2 Michigan 34-11.
The viewership numbers for the 2 playoff games have come out, and they are worst than last season’s numbers. John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal provides the numbers.
16.1 million for Bama-Cincinnati
16.5 million for Georgia-Michigan
18.9 million for Bama-Notre Dame
19.1 million for Ohio St.-Clemson
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) January 4, 2022
The CFP committee will probably look at the numbers and think Cincinnati does not draw enough eyeballs as Notre Dame and Ohio State. When in reality, they should never have the sports’ biggest day of the year coincide with the country’s biggest party night of the year. People are going to turn off blowouts and find an alternative of something to do.
There is a simple fix, though, and all college football has to do is go back to its roots. Make New Year’s Day the biggest day on the college football calendar again.
During non-Rose Bowl years, have the first CFP semifinal game on at noon and then the Rose Bowl and the second CFP semifinal. On Rose Bowl years, have the Rose Bowl be the first CFP semifinal game and the play second CFP semifinal right after.
Well, at least we know that the CFP rotates its dates around, and it will be on… New Year’s Eve again next season.