The 2012 ACC Championship Game between Florida State and Georgia Tech turned out closer than many people expected. Florida State won the game 21-15 and will be the lone ACC team in the BCS bowl games.
This year’s announced 64,778 “tickets distributed” at the Dr Pepper ACC championship game was by far the smallest in the game’s three-year history in the city of Charlotte. The actual attendance was probably closer to 30,000. There were two large, black tarps in the upper deck of each end zone, covering four sections of seats on each side. The bright blue seats in Bank of America Stadium were impossible to hide on TV…
Also it turns out that not a lot of people really cared to tune into the ACC Championship game.
The Florida State/Georgia Tech ACC Championship Game drew a mere 1.2 U.S. rating and 2.0 million viewers on ESPN last Saturday night, down 25% in ratings and 29% in viewership from Clemson/Virginia Tech last year (1.6, 2.8M), and down 33% and 36%, respectively, from Virginia Tech/Florida State in 2010 (1.8, 3.0M).
The game ranks as the lowest rated and least-viewed ACC Championship Game ever.
That is pretty bad. The game has one more year in Charlotte, beyond that, who knows. I really think the game should become a home game for the top-ranked team. The top team would earn that privilege in the regular season to host the Championship game. Charlotte isn’t working. Neither did Jacksonville or Tampa.
In contrast the SEC Championship game, now granted this was basically a National Semi-Final game, had a 9.8 rating. It also helped that the game came down to the last play. Right after that game ended did anyone really want to sit and tune in to the ACC game? Unless you are a Seminole or Yellow Jacket fan, probably not. Well, obviously not.
The Big 10 Championship (attendance wasnt great either) got a 2.9 rating, more than double the ACC, and that was a 70-31 blowout.