- Rose Bowl Game Earns 9.7 Overnight and Sugar Bowl 7.8, Both Resulting in New Year’s Six Records
- New Year’s Six Averaged 8.0 Overnight, System’s Best for Non-New Year’s Day Semifinals Years
- Columbus Delivers Best Local Market Rating for Non-CFP Semifinal Rose Bowl Since 2010
The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual featuring Washington vs. Ohio State (5 p.m.) and the Allstate Sugar Bowl between Texas and Georgia (8:45 p.m.) delivered New Year’s Six record ratings, with both bowls achieving their highest non-CFP Semifinal rating in the College Football Playoff five-year history. The significant New Year’s Day ratings, combined with the strong College Football Playoff Semifinals and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl ratings on December 29, resulted in a new high-water mark for the New Year’s Six among years with similar calendar structure.
Rose Bowl Delivers New Non-CFP Semifinal New Year’s Six Record
The Rose Bowl Game delivered a 9.7 overnight (ESPN and ESPN2) up 3% from the 2017 Rose Bowl Game (1/1/2017) and up 23% from the 2016 edition (1/1/16). The overnight for the Buckeyes’ victory becomes the highest-rated non-Semifinal New Year’s Six game, overtaking the previously mentioned 2017 Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl peaked at 10.9 overnight late in the fourth quarter as Washington made a valiant comeback attempt (8:30-8:45 p.m.).
Sugar Bowl Up Significantly from 2017 Game
The Sugar Bowl earned a 7.8 overnight (ESPN and ESPN2), up 28% from the 2017 Sugar Bowl (1/1/2017) and 47% increase from the 2016 game (1/1/16).
Fiesta Bowl Begins New Year’s Day with Window’s Best Overnight
The Playstation Fiesta Bowl featuring LSU vs. UCF (1 p.m.) delivered a 5.0 overnight, up 9% from the 2015 Fiesta Bowl (12/31/2014), the only other time in the New Year’s Six era which the game hosted the automatic qualifier from the Group of Five. The overnight for the Tigers’ victory was also the highest rated among the New Year’s Day early window games this season.
New Year’s Six Delivers Multiple Records
This season’s New Year’s Six delivered an 8.0 overnight average (ESPN and ESPN2), the highest-rated New Year’s Six for years the CFP Semifinals are not played on New Year’s Day. This season’s New Year’s Six non-Semifinal games earned a 7.0 overnight, the best ever in the five years of the system.
Home Markets of Winning Teams Draw Best Local Ratings; Columbus Delivers Best Rating for Non-CFP Semifinal Rose Bowl in Nearly a Decade
The home market for the winning teams in the Rose Bowl Game, Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl were also the highest-rated markets, with Columbus, Ohio, delivering the best of the day at a 42.7. The significant rating for Columbus, Ohio, was the best individual market for the Rose Bowl since 2010, except the two seasons in which the game was a CFP Semifinal. The top 10 local markets for each of the three games:
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Playstation Fiesta Bowl
Birmingham Leads Local Markets among All New Year’s Six Games
Birmingham was the highest-rated market for the entire New Year’s Six, delivering a 27.3 average across the six games. The complete Top 10:
New Year’s Six Consists of Allstate Sugar Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Playstation Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual.