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Bowl TV ratings: St. Pete Bowl gets a 1.3



Now that bowl season has nearly wrapped up, we can look at the TV ratings with some perspective, and the inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl, featuring USF and Memphis, drew the third-lowest ratings out of 22 bowls broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2.

The St. Pete game drew a 1.3 rating, which equates to 1,262,000 households, according to ESPN. Again, an afternoon slot on the first day of bowl season isn't supposed to get huge ratings -- the two bowls with lower ratings were both in prime time -- the Independence Bowl on Dec. 28 (Northern Illinois-Louisiana Tech) got a 1.0 rating, and the Dec. 21 New Orleans Bowl (Troy-Southern Miss) got a 0.8.

Of the other three games played on Dec. 20, the New Mexico Bowl got a 2.6, the Las Vegas Bowl got a 2.5 and the EagleBank Bowl got a 2.2. For more comparison, this year's USF-Kansas game in September got a 2.0 rating ...

Game update: USF leads Louisville 10-7, with a ton of blocked shots already -- a SportsCenter worthy one from Dominique Jones and at least two from Gus Gilchrist, who has five points already. Oh, and Alex Rivas Sanchez got a haircut ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 1:36pm]


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