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BCS games rise in attendance and viewership

Updated: January 10, 2013, 4:00 PM ET
Bowl Championship Series -- Jan. 10, 2013

An average of 26 million fans watched the Discover BCS National Championship Game making it the second most-watched event in cable history, according to Nielsen and ESPN. The game featuring the No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide drew an 8.95% increase in viewership over last year's contest. Average viewership rose an impressive 7.46% for the BCS 5-game event.

"I want to thank the college football fans who love this sport as much as I do," said Bill Hancock, ...

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