Clemson’s romp draws lowest CFP title-game TV ratings

Clemson’s blowout victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff at Levi’s Stadium on Monday night drew a 14.6 overnight rating for ESPN across its multiple-channel telecast, the lowest-rated title game in the 5-year-old postseason system.

The viewership numbers reported Tuesday by Nielsen provided some better news for the network. ESPN said Nielsen reported that 25.2 million viewers tuned into Monday night’s game on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. The figures do not yet include ESPNews or streaming viewership. The 2016 national championship game between Alabama and Clemson that was decided on a last-second touchdown drew 25.3 million viewers.

The third championship meeting of the Tigers and Crimson Tide, and fourth straight playoff meeting overall, was also the most lopsided CFP final. The ratings and viewership topped out at 16.2 and 27.8 million in the first half when the Tigers extended their lead to 15 points.

Clemson won 44-16, the largest margin of victory in a college football championship game since Alabama beat Notre Dame by 28 in the 2012 BCS title game.

Last season’s Alabama overtime victory against Georgia drew a 16.7 overnight rating.

Final poll: Clemson finished No. 1 in season-ending Associated Press poll for the third time. CFP runner-up Alabama finished second. Clemson also finished No. 1 in 2016 and 1981.

No. 10 Washington State finished as the highest-ranked Pac-12 team for the first time in conference history. There were more ranked Mountain West teams (three: No. 18 Fresno State, No. 22 Utah State and No. 23 Boise State) than Pac-12 (two, with No. 13 Washington).

Briefly: Assistant coaches Sam Mills III of the Carolina Panthers and Adam Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings will be the head coaches of the Jan. 19 East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., which features some of college football’s best pro prospects. … Texas wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. … Purdue superfan and cancer acyivist Tyler Trent, 20, was eulogized at a funeral in Indianapolis attended by Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm and many members of the football team wearing black jerseys, and Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Final AP Top 25

With first-place votes in parentheses; total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Rec.

Pts

Prv

1. Clemson (61)

15-0

1525

2

2. Alabama

14-1

1462

1

3. Ohio State

13-1

1364

5

4. Oklahoma

12-2

1356

4

5. Notre Dame

12-1

1286

3

6. LSU

10-3

1119

11

7. Florida

10-3

1103

10

7. Georgia

11-3

1103

6

9. Texas

10-4

1076

14

10. Washington State

11-2

959

12

11. Central Florida

12-1

898

7

12. Kentucky

10-3

820

16

13. Washington

10-4

806

9

14. Michigan

10-3

745

8

15. Syracuse

10-3

683

17

16. Texas A&M

9-4

552

21

17. Penn State

9-4

492

13

18. Fresno State

12-2

466

19

19. Army

11-2

418

22

20. West Virginia

8-4

296

15

21. Northwestern

9-5

284

22. Utah State

11-2

188

23. Boise State

10-3

184

23

24. Cincinnati

11-2

171

25. Iowa

9-4

120

Others receiving votes: Appalachian St. 96, Stanford 52, Mississippi St. 45, Utah 43, UAB 32, Iowa St. 26, Auburn 15, Oregon 11, Missouri 10, Troy 6, Georgia Southern 6, Oklahoma St. 3, Wisconsin 2, NC State 2.

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