UPDATED: The game's ending was stellar, and so were the ratings.

Florida State rolled to a huge ratings win in beating Auburn for the national title Monday night.

Nationally, the game averaged 26.1 million viewers, and ESPN won the night among all networks. It was the third largest audience in cable TV history. The  bigger audiences were also for BCS National Championships on ESPN: the 2011 Auburn-Oregon game pulled in 27.3 million and the 2013 Alabama-Notre Dame game attracted 26.4 million.

In Central Florida, the game on ESPN averaged 575,100 viewers, according to updated ratings. That audience was bigger than those for the most-seen football games last week. The San Francisco-Green Bay wild-card playoff game attracted 527,800 viewers, and UCF's victory over Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl brought in 433,000.

For Monday's game, Birmingham, Ala., posted the biggest rating: a 55.8. The other top markets were Jacksonville (31.1), Knoxville (26.6), Atlanta (25.8), Orlando (24.9) and Tampa-St. Petersburg (24.2).

In Orlando, the half-hour before the national championship was a magnet to ESPN for viewers: 316,400 viewers were watching from 8:15 to 8:30, and 233,800 tuned in from 8 to 8:15.

The other top programs for the night were "The Bachelor" on ABC with 129,100 viewers, "Almost Human" on Fox with 119,400 and "Castle" on ABC with 99,100.

On "The Bachelor," viewers didn't see much of hopeful Amy Long of Clermont. But she made it to next week's show.

In national broadcast ratings, Disney-owned ABC won prime time in total viewers and the 18-to-49 age group. The updated prime-time averages in total viewers: ABC with 8.7 million, CBS with 5.3 million, Fox with 4.6 million, NBC with 4.2 million for three "Blacklist" reruns and The CW with 600,000 for reruns.

"The Bachelor" drew 8.7 million to ABC, and "Castle" had 8.8 million fans. A new "Almost Human" produced 6.4 million viewers for Fox. CBS' best was a "2 Broke Girls" repeat with 6.8 million fans, followed by "Mom" with 5.2 million and the two-hour finale of "Hostages" with 4.9 million.