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Football Team's TV Ratings Reach All-Time Highs

The Ball State football team’s game vs. Buffalo in the Marathon Mid-American Conference Championship Game received a 1.7 rating on ESPN2, which set a league record for the most viewers to ever watch a game involving two MAC teams on the ESPN family of networks.

The rating translates to 1,695,795 households watching the game, and marked the third game this season the Ball State football program has attracted over one million viewers.

The Cardinals ESPN2 contest vs. Central Michigan Nov. 19, ranked as the most viewed and highest rated college football game ever for a Tuesday or Wednesday night on the network. The 1.6 rating for that contest translated into 1,605,001 homes for the telecast. Ball State’s Sept. 5, home game vs. Navy on ESPN was viewed in nearly 1.2 million homes, making it the best regular season national television rating for a MAC home game since 2005, prior to the CMU game. The Navy game was watched by 1,164,083 homes.

Ball State will play its ninth televised game of the season Jan. 6, when the Cardinals travel to the GMAC Bowl to play the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The contest is scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff on ESPN. The Cardinals have appeared on national television for five straight games, and the bowl game will marked the sixth consecutive national TV game for the Ball State football program.

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