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    ISU needs more of a national following

    I just found this chart for last year's bowl game TV ratings. The Insight Bowl was dead last.

    I know it was on the NFL Network, but that is no excuse, IMO. We should be able to get more viewers than Middle Tennessee/Southern Mississippi, Bowling Green/Idaho, Marshall/Ohio, and Nevada/SMU.

    Obviously the cure is winning, and CPR WILL do that, but seeing this chart is making me think that we have a much tougher road than I ever thought.
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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    Uh, you nailed exactly why it was so low. NFL Network. A fairly large segment of the population doesn't get the NFL Network, and even fewer watch it on New Years Eve when they have better things they could be doing. No fringe viewers + not on very many tv sets = bad.



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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    I think you are downplaying the NFL network thing too much. Nobody had to seek out Middle Tennessee/So. Miss, they just flipped channels and said, "Hey! Football!"



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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    NFL Network was sole reason....



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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    NFL Network answers why it was so low and why they are no longer using the NFL Network for their bowl game.




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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    I think the combination of it being on the NFL network, and the bowl being held on New Year's Eve when most people are at parties or bars is what made the ratings so poor. I know I went straight to the bar when the game was over but most people probably skipped it.



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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    Having the game on the NFL Network had everything to do with those ratings. Every other game was on ESPN, ESPN2, CBS, ABC, or FOX. These are channels that pretty much everybody gets. Not many people get the NFL Network. Even if 2 big time programs were playing on the NFL network, it still wouldn't have good ratings.
    If our bowl game was broadcast by ESPN, we'd be in the middle of the pack.


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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedcyclone View Post
    NFL Network was sole reason....
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    NFL Network answers why it was so low and why they are no longer using the NFL Network for their bowl game.
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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    Quote Originally Posted by CPRsavedMYlife View Post
    I just found this chart for last year's bowl game TV ratings. The Insight Bowl was dead last.

    I know it was on the NFL Network, but that is no excuse, IMO. We should be able to get more viewers than Middle Tennessee/Southern Mississippi, Bowling Green/Idaho, Marshall/Ohio, and Nevada/SMU.

    Obviously the cure is winning, and CPR WILL do that, but seeing this chart is making me think that we have a much tougher road than I ever thought.

    Actually it being on the NFL network is exactly why it was so low... only a fairly small percentage of households even have it. If it had been on ESPn it would have been much higher just from people who leave ESPN on all the time.



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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    Hasn't the insight bowl been at the bottom or near the bottom since they have been on NFL Network?



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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    Game time couldn't have been worse. I had to fight to watch 3/4 and missed the great ending. Had to "go dancing".



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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Uh, you nailed exactly why it was so low. NFL Network. A fairly large segment of the population doesn't get the NFL Network, and even fewer watch it on New Years Eve when they have better things they could be doing. No fringe viewers + not on very many tv sets = bad.
    It all depends on where and when it is on. Texas A&M/Gerogia game had a 2.0 on ESPN2 while Central Michigan/Troy had a 2.4 on ESPN.

    I would have never watched the Insight bowl if ISU wasn't in it because it was on the NFL Network and I did not have that channel til the day before the ISU game. But I will watch two nobody teams on ESPN on a Tuesday night.


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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    Maybe I was wrong on thinking the NFL Network didn't make a huge difference, so what do you all think the rating would have been if the game was on ESPN?

    I am not convinced that the start made much difference, the game started early enough in the day that most people's festivities had not yet begun.


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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    The Insight Bowl was on NFL Network on New Year's Eve night. That's pretty much all you need to know about why the ratings were low.



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    Re: ISU needs more of a national following

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedcyclone View Post
    NFL Network was sole reason....
    Nope, New Year's Eve evening game was probably nearly as big of a factor.



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