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Fox Earns 17.0 Overnight For BCS National Championship Game
Published January 9, 2009
Thursday night's Florida-Oklahoma FedEx BCS National Championship Game earned a 17.0/27 overnight Nielsen rating on Fox, up 9.0% from a 15.6/23 for last year's LSU-Ohio State matchup, which aired on a Monday night. The 17.0/27 marks Fox' highest-rated primetime program this season and highest since last season's "American Idol" finale, which earned a 17.5/27. Fox for the game earned a 16.1/25 in primetime, tops among all nets. Oklahoma City topped all metered-markets with a 52.6/67, followed by Tulsa's 47.8/63. In Florida, Jacksonville delivered a 40.5/55, followed by a 32.5/49 in Tampa and a 30.7/45 in Orlando (THE DAILY).
Did Fox Announcers Go Overboard In
Their Praise For Florida QB Tim Tebow?
Fox' Constant Split-Screen Coverage Likened To
Its Penchant For Close-Ups During MLB Playoffs
VOICE OVERS? AOL SPORTS' Chris Burke writes Brennaman was "so far over the top in his pro-Tebow hyperbole on Thursday that the game became darn-near unwatchable unless the volume was off." The announcing "would have been bad enough had Fox put together a spectacular broadcast worthy of a national-title game," but "unfortunately, Fox did not" (FANHOUSE.com, 1/9). THE BIG LEAD wrote of Brennaman and Davis, “With all the money behind broadcasts like the one tonight, this is the best Fox can do? They’re out of sync, out of place and calling courageous goal line stands on third down” (THEBIGLEAD.com, 1/8). On Long Island, Neil Best writes Brennaman "often seems to be doing a clever parody of an old-time sportscaster, except that he's serious." Thursday night's telecast was "particularly amusing, especially his over-the-top deification of Tim Tebow" (NEWSDAY.com, 1/9). In Orlando, Jerry Greene gives Fox a grade of "C-minus" for Thursday night's coverage. Greene: "Brennaman settled down after a shaky start. Davis was decent. But a 'no-frills' performance for the network's last title game anytime soon. Nothing special, nothing awful. Nothing to be missed" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/9).
Fox Announcers Matt Vasgersian, Tim Ryan
Panned For Work On Monday's Fiesta Bowl
HOLD THE LINE: In L.A., Chris Dufresne reports ESPN when it assumes control of the BCS package in 2011 will "not pressure [BCS] officials into pursuing a playoff." ESPN Senior VP/College Sports Programming Burke Magnus Thursday at the annual Football Writers Association of America meeting said that ESPN obtained the rights to the BCS "with the understanding there would be no changes through the duration of the four-year contract," which expires in '14. Magnus: "The format is left to the people who run the sport" (L.A. TIMES, 1/9). In K.C., Blair Kerkhoff writes several ESPN announcers are "open about changing college football’s championship structure,” but BCS Coordinator and ACC Commissioner John Swofford said that that is “not a problem.” Swofford: “We wouldn’t expect because somebody is our rights holder they’re not going to have the freedom to offer their opinion on air” (K.C. STAR, 1/9).