College Football Playoff national championship draws 14.6 TV rating

Tampa Bay was ESPN's No. 21 market for Clemson's 44-16 victory over Alabama Monday night.
Clemson's blowout win over Alabama drew a strong local rating. [ AP Photo/David J. Phillip ]
Clemson's blowout win over Alabama drew a strong local rating. [ AP Photo/David J. Phillip ]
Published January 8

Monday night's College Football Playoff national championship game drew a 14.6 TV rating nationally across ESPN's networks. Clemson's blowout win over Alabama was down from the 16.7 rating in last year's title game between the Crimson Tide and Georgia.

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Tampa-St. Petersburg was the 21st market with a 16.8 rating. That's higher than the local rating for Florida's Peach Bowl romp of Michigan (10.7) and the Lightning's appearance in the Eastern Conference Final (10.3).

Birmingham, naturally, was the top market with a 56.6.

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