Men's Basketball

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:

--by John Heisler, senior associate athletics director

Event Calendar


November 3
Bethel Ind.
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 7
Cardinal Stritch
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 11
Chicago, Ill. (Wintrust Arena)
November 13
Mount St. Marys
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 16
Chicago State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 20
9:00 PM
Maui, Hawaii (Lahaina Civic Center)
November 21
Michigan or LSU Maui Invitational Game 2
Maui, Hawaii (Lahaina Civic Center)
November 22
Maui Invitational Game 3
Maui, Hawaii (Lahaina Civic Center)
November 30
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
December 3
St. Francis Brooklyn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
December 5
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
December 9
Newark, Del. (Bob Carpenter Center)
December 16
Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
December 19
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
December 21
Southeastern Louisiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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