Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game drew the second biggest audience in cable TV history, but it fell short of breaking the record for highest-rated championship game.
Alabama’s win drew a 15.1 national rating, which ranks 10th in BCS championship game history. The record still belongs to 21.7 posted for Texas’ 41-38 win over Southern California to win the 2005 national title.
Alabama’s game drew 26.4 million viewers, which is nine percent more than the Tide’s 21-0 win over LSU last year.
The cable record belongs to Auburn’s win over Oregon 22-19 on ESPN to take the 2010 national championship. That one drew 27.3 million viewers.