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ESPN Releases TV Ratings For Saturday Night's Playoff Games

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MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes a knee to end the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

ESPN has released its TV ratings for Saturday night's College Football Playoff games featuring Alabama-Oklahoma and Clemson-Notre Dame.

The TV ratings are down quite a bit from last year's College Football Playoff games, though that's expected considering they were on New Year's Day last season.

The Orange Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma had a 10.4 overnight rating, while the Cotton Bowl between No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame had a 10.3 overnight rating.

The Associated Press' Ralph D. Russo had more on what the ratings mean: "Little clarification, the 2016 semifinals got higher rating on New Year's Eve but that was also a Saturday. The ratings were much better than the last time the Orange and Cotton hosted and the games were played on NYE weekday. Way down from last year when games were played NYD," he tweeted.

USA TODAY's Dan Wolken had more:

"Last night, ESPN did slightly better than in 2015 when the games were blowouts and were on New Year’s Eve but not quite as good as 2016 with Alabama/Washington and Clemson/Ohio St," he tweeted.

More bowl games are to come on Monday and Tuesday.

The national title game between Alabama and Clemson is set for Monday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.