While the ratings for the College Football National Championship Game on various ESPN platforms were down from 2015, the Worldwide Leader does have some encouraging news. The Alabama-Clemson game is now the second most-streamed event on WatchESPN after the 2014 World Cup.
Alabama-Clemson had 585,000 average minute impressions which was 23% better than the 2015 National Championship Game between Oregon and Ohio State. Unique visitors were up 38% and total consumption increased by 32%. So across the board, more people were watching the game online than the year before.
Another piece of encouraging news is that people are finding WatchESPN for college football. With the ability to watch the games on computers, mobiles, tablets and smartwatches, fans may not be watching on television, but they’re looking for ways to see the College Football Playoff online. The top six most-streamed college football games as far as unique visitors are concerned involve the CFP:
|1||1,934,000||CFP National Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson||Jan 11, 2016|
|2||1,406,000||CFP National Championship: Ohio State vs. Oregon||Jan 12, 2015|
|3||1,188,000||College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Clemson||Dec 31, 2015|
|4||1,047,000||College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Michigan State vs. Alabama||Dec 31, 2015|
|5||912,000||College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Alabama||Jan 1, 2015|
|6||816,000||College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State||Jan 1, 2015|
For the average minute impressions, the breakdown occurs as follows:
|Rank||Average Minute Impressions||Game||Date|
|1||585,000||CFP National Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson||Jan 11, 2016|
|2||475,000||CFP National Championship: Ohio State vs. Oregon||Jan 12, 2015|
So ESPN has some encouragement that the online audience will keep growing as the College Football Playoff continues through 2025-26.