WSU vs. Miami in Sun Bowl a TV ratings boon

IMAGINE WHAT the TV ratings would have been had CBS shown the beginning of the Sun Bowl! Washington State's 20-14 victory over Miami in El Paso was also a win for CBS. The Sun Bowl was the most-watched bowl game of the weekend.

According to Show Buzz Daily's Mitch Metcalf, who tracks these things religiously, WSU's Sun Bowl win pulled in a 3.41 rating.

In addition to being the weekend’s most watched bowl, it significantly topped the ratings for the 2014 Sun Bowl matching Arizona State vs. Duke (2.59).

And it was the highest rating for the Sun Bowl game since 2009 (3.6; Oklahoma vs Stanford).

Two other Pac-12 teams were in bowls on ESPN on Saturday.  UCLA-Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl garnered a 2.29 rating.  The Heart of Dallas Bowl featuring UW vs. Southern Mississippi pulled in a 1.78 rating.

Saturday’s college football bowl ratings, from Show Buzz Daily:

1.88 rating ESPN 11:00 am St Petersburg Bowl Connecticut vs Marshall
3.41 rating CBS 2:00 pm Sun Bowl Miami vs Washington State
1.78 rating ESPN 2:30 pm Heart of Dallas Bowl Washington vs Southern Mississippi
2.66 rating ABC 3:30 pm Pinstripe Bowl Indiana vs Duke
2.10 rating ESPN 6:00 pm Independence Bowl Tulsa vs Virginia Tech
2.29 rating ESPN 9:30 pm Foster Farms Bowl UCLA vs Nebraska

--CBS stayed with the Kentucky-Louisville basketball game when it went long, delaying the start of the Sun Bowl, according to the Sun Bowl radio broadcast. But the Sun Bowl still got underway before the basketball game finished, likely resulting in some casual fans tuning in at 11 a.m. - and then tuning out - while CBS continued to show 20 minutes of basketball and ads before switching to the Sun Bowl.  The ones that remained were incensed by the time the bowl game was joined in progress at 11:20 a.m. -- after WSU's Jamal Morrow had scored a TD on the Cougs' first drive (pictured above).

--The announced attendance for the Sun Bowl was 41,180.

--KIRO's Cale Ramaker tweeted out that 3.41 rating represented nearly 3.5 out of every 100 TVs in use was tuned into the Sun Bowl and that this year's Sun Bowl's viewership was 31 percent greater than the '14 Sun Bowl.

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