Last night’s national championship game between Clemson and Alabama was a phenomenal contest from start to finish and incredibly entertaining to watch.
However, Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated tweeted out an interesting fact about last night’s TV ratings that is borderline shocking.
Duke-Wisconsin (CBB): 17.1 overnight (CBS).
Alabama-Clemson (CFB): 15.8 overnight (ESPN).
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) January 12, 2016
Now, granted, that isn’t the greatest of differences, but it’s still pretty surprising that last year’s NCAA Tournament final between Wisconsin and Duke drew more viewers than a college football game that had the feelings of a classic before halftime.
Or is it?
Sure, last night’s game between Clemson and Alabama was one for the ages, but Alabama still won a game that in which it was the favorite from the outset. Clemson put up a heck of a fight, but Alabama’s power and SEC experience ultimately proved to be stronger.
Now, let’s take a look at the Wisconsin-Duke game from March Madness. For those who don’t remember, Wisconsin faced a then-undefeated Kentucky team in the Final Four and won by a score of 71-64 on pure heart and refusal to give up. Going up against a strong and balanced team in Duke in the final, there was a legitimate belief that the Badgers would beat the Blue Devils and win their second national championship.
Wisconsin didn’t win, but still gave Duke their all. Thus, it’s understandable why more people would tune in to that game despite the fireworks surrounding last night’s contest between Clemson and Alabama.