TV Ratings: College Football Championship Jumps for ESPN

Network coverage is up 9 percent from 2017, making it the No. 2 of all time.
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The College Football Playoff National Championship delivered the second-best showing for a NCAA football title Monday night.

ESPN's coverage of the Georgia-Alabama game averaged a 16.7 overnight rating among households, dominating everything else on TV Monday night and growing 9 percent from the comparable game last year. It ranks behind the 2015 Ohio State-Oregon game as the highest-rated in network history.

The game naturally fared best in Birmingham, Ala., home of the winners. The Crimson Tide narrowly bested the Georgia Bulldogs 26-23. It was the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship to go into overtime.

Playoff coverage was up 18 percent overall, compared with the previous year — with New Year's Day posting its best returns yet.