An interesting look at the early ratings for the Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl. The Orange Bowl saw a significant increase from last year, but it needs to be said that it enjoyed a lead-in from a competitive Rose Bowl game as opposed to being on an island by itself last year:
And, as expected, the Birmingham market tuned in big for both games:
A 20.7 average for the Rose Bowl and a 19.9 for the Orange Bowl.
I still expect the Alabama/Notre Dame national average to be around 14-16, maybe a tad bit higher... which would be incredibly impressive for cable.