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Notre Dame Appears in Four Top 50 Sports Telecasts in 2016

Jan. 2, 2017

The University of Notre Dame qualified as the only school in the country to have multiple football and men's basketball games rank among the top 50 most-watched sporting events in 2016 outside of the National Football League and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, according to figures compiled by Sports Media Watch.

Notre Dame had four events rank among the top 50—two football games and two men's basketball contests. Of those 50 events, 16 were college football games and seven were men's college basketball contests.

Alabama led all institutions with five appearances (all football), while Ohio State also had four (all football). The only program with more than Notre Dame's two men's basketball appearances were Villanova and North Carolina (three each).

Here are the Irish events that made the top 50:

29th: Notre Dame vs. Texas 6.4 rating 10.95 million viewers ABC

(2016 Irish regular-season football opener on Sunday night)

35th: Notre Dame vs. North Carolina 5.8 rating 10.11 million viewers TBS

(2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Elite Eight game)

38th: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State 5.6 rating 9.76 million viewers ESPN

(2016 Fiesta Bowl)

50th: Notre Dame vs. S.F. Austin 5.4 rating 8.39 million viewers CBS (2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship second round game)

College football produced three of the top 11 events on the list—led by the Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff championship game last January (third with a 15.0 rating).

Game 7 of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians (21.8 rating) was the highest-rated event. The Cubs and Indians combined for five of the top nine ratings—and all seven World Series games ranked among the top 17 contests.

Here is the full listing: http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2017/01/most-watched-sporting-events-2016-nfl-olympics-world-series-nba-college-football/2/

--by John Heisler, senior associate athletics director

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Delta

January 16
L, 82-78 (2OT)
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
RECAP
January 18
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Notre Dame, Ind.
January 19
4:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla.
January 19
5:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 19
7:35 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBC SPORTS CHICAGO PLUS
January 20
4:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)

ESPN
January 20
10:00 AM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla.
January 20
10:00 AM
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
January 20
All Day
St. Johns SuperCup
Jamaica, New York
January 21
1:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind.
January 21
12:00 PM
Kentucky
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 21
3:00 PM
Wisconsin
Chicago, Ill. (United Center)

NBCSN
January 21
5:00 PM
Cleveland State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 21
All Day
NYU Invitational
Philadelphia, Pa.
January 23
5:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 25
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Penn.
January 26
5:30 PM
Indiana Relays
Bloomington, Ind.
January 26
8:00 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)

ESPN2
January 26
All Day
Shamrock Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
January 27
8:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
January 27
10:00 AM
Indiana Relays
Bloomington, Ind.
January 27
1:00 PM
Texas
Austin, Texas (Texas Tennis Center)
January 27
2:00 PM
Eastern Illinois
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 27
8:00 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)

FOX SPORTS NORTH PLUS
January 27
All Day
Shamrock Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
January 27
All Day
DeCicco Duals
Notre Dame, IN (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
January 28
4:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla.

ESPN2
Pulse FM. 96.9 / 92.1
WatchESPN
January 28
All Day
DeCicco Duals
Notre Dame, IN (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
January 28
TBA
Tennessee or Minnesota
Austin, Texas (Texas Tennis Center)
January 29
7:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

ESPN
February 1
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACCNE
February 2
4:00 PM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 2
6:30 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)

BTN
February 3
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)

ESPN or ESPN2
February 3
9:45 AM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 3
12:00 PM
Boston College
Dedham, Mass. (Dedham Health & Athletic Complex)
February 3
1:00 PM
Ball State and Green Bay
Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
February 3
4:00 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 3
All Day
Northwestern Duals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
February 4
1:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C.

ESPN2
February 4
12:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
February 4
All Day
Northwestern Duals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
February 6
8:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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