Rose Bowl gets highest rating for college football game since 1987

This aerial photo provided by Long Photography shows the halftime performance at the 2006 Rose Bowl college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006. Southern California faced Texas in the national championship game.

AP Photo/Long Photograhy, Tim Long
Published: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 10:30 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) - Texas' last-minute victory over Southern California in the Rose Bowl drew the highest rating for a college football game in 19 years.

ABC Sports' broadcast of Texas' 41-38 victory Wednesday night got a 21.7 rating, a 59 percent increase from the 13.7 for USC's win over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in last year's Bowl Championship Series national title game.

The Rose Bowl drew the highest rating since the 25.1 for Penn State's victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2, 1987.

The rating is the percentage watching a program among the all television households, and each point for over-the-air networks represents 1,096,000 homes. The share is the percentage tuned in among those homes with TVs in use at the time.

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