Rose and Sugar Bowl TV Ratings Blow Up

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TV ratings are in for the first year playoff system games and there were a lot of people who tuned in. Here are the latest numbers from

At 5 pm, the match-up between Oregon and Florida State — despite being the most lopsided Rose Bowl contest since 1948, with a final score of 59-20 — drew 28.16 million total viewers, up 51 percent from last year.

Then at 9 pm, O-H-I-O State’s 42-35 victory over Alabama drew 28.27 million viewers, surging 150 percent from last year’s Sugar Bowl.

This is good news for ESPN who is reportedly paying $470 million annually to host the semifinal games of the College Football Playoffs.