NCAA Football: CFP National Championship-Ohio State vs Alabama

Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (left) celebrates with head coach Nick Saban after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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The Alabama-Ohio State College Football Playoff finale Monday averaged 18.7 million viewers across the ESPN networks, making it the least-watched title game since 2005.

The ratings declined 27 percent from LSU-Clemson (25.6 million) last year and 26 percent from Clemson-Alabama in 2019 (25.3 million), according to Sports Media Watch. The Crimson Tide won 52-24.

The previous low (21.4 million) for a national title game was USC-Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl in 2005, a blowout win by the Trojans, 55-19.

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The Bama-OSU finale drew fewer viewers than the two semifinal games, the first time that's occurred in CFP/Bowl Championship Series history. Ohio State-Clemson garnered 19.2 million viewers and Alabama-Notre Dame drew 18.9 million on New Year's Day.

--Field Level Media

This article originally ran on gwinnettprepsports.com.

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