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TV Ratings: Florida State's BCS Championship Win Averages 25.5 Million Viewers

Shy of records for the college football final, ESPN's coverage of the game still ranks as the third-most-watched broadcast in cable history.

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The BCS Championship Game

College football said goodbye to the BCS in a typically big fashion Monday night -- though the championship game was down from last year.

An average 25.5 million viewers tuned into ESPN's coverage of Monday night's game, making it the third-most-watched broadcast in cable history.

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The biggest night of the cable calendar, the 2014 BCS championship game did not top last year despite the down-to-the-wire victory for the Florida State Seminoles over the Auburn Tigers (34-31). The final score marked a clear departure from the last two years -- when lopsided wins prompted audiences to lose interest later in the games. Despite that, Alabama's 42-14 win over Notre Dame in 2013 averaged 26.4 million viewers.

Cable TV's biggest broadcast ever remains the 2011 BCS final, which averaged 27.3 million viewers for a narrow Auburn victory over Oregon.

Florida State's win marks the final college championship game under the BCS, which will be replaced by the ‪College Football Playoff‬ (CFP) next season. The new system, an effort to ensure a consensus top team, will continue to air on ESPN.

The Disney network inked a deal to air the new playoff through at least 2025 to the tune of $7.3 billion.