This year’s National Championship Game will be remembered for a long time. The overtime thriller featured Alabama rallying back to top Georgia to win the national title.
And there were plenty of people watching that will remember it.
The game scored a 16.7 Nielsen overnight rating across the ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU broadcasts, which makes it the second-most watched ESPN broadcast ever. The only broadcast to score higher on those three networks was the 2015 National Championship Game between Ohio State and Oregon, which scored an 18.8 rating.
This year’s game was up nine percent from last year’s btroadcast, which featured Alabama and Clemson and scored a 16.0 rating.
The College Football Playoff has provided ESPN with three of its top five highest-rated games, as well as seven of its top 10.
Birmingham, Ala., had the highest local rating, scoring a 57.6, while Atlanta was second with a 47.8.
ESPN’s presentation of the College Football Playoff averaged a 14.9 overnight rating, up 18 percent from last year.
It’s easy to see how this year’s game set these broadcast marks, as Alabama erased a 13-point halftime deficit to come back to beat Georgia, 26-23, in overtime.