NDSU Breaks Record For Most TV Viewers
North Dakota States University Bison's win against the number two team in the country James Madison University had a lot more then just South Fargo or Frisco, Texas watching. According to WDAY TV News, this is the first FCS Championship game to be aired on ABC-TV since 1994. NDSU had an average coverage of 2.7 Million viewers, it seems that every year NDSU sure attracks more fans and viewers. How can you not love such a powerhouse that has won 8 national championships in 9 years. Matt Larsen said “Overall pleased with where it ended and hopefully it’s a good enough number that ESPN and ABC would consider having that game on network television again in the future.” The second most viewership for NDSU was in 2016 the FCS quarterfinal game aginst South Dakota State with 1.984 million viewers. The game against South Dakota State was on ESPN which is associated with ABC.
According to WDAY TV News here's some of the top TV numbers from Nielsen ratings for Bison football games, according to showbuzzdaily.com:
- NDSU vs. James Madison in FCS title game on ABC in Jan. 2020, 2.686 million viewers.
- NDSU vs. South Dakota State in FCS quarterfinals on ESPN in Dec. 2016 drew an average of 1.984 million viewers. It is the most-viewed television Bison football game.
- NDSU vs. Colgate in FCS quarterfinals on ESPN in Dec. 2018 drew an average of 1.806 million viewers.
- NDSU vs. Illinois State in FCS quarterfinals on ESPN in Dec. 2019, 1.783 million.
- NDSU vs. Northern Iowa in FCS quarterfinals on ESPN in Dec. 2015, 1.644 million.
- NDSU vs. James Madison in FCS title game on ESPN2 in Jan. 2018, 1.515 million.
- NDSU vs. Illinois State in FCS title game on ESPN2 in Jan. 2015, 1.44 million.
- NDSU vs. Jacksonville State in FCS title game on ESPN2 in Jan. 2016, 1.35 million.
- NDSU vs. Towson in FCS title game on ESPN2 in Jan. 2014, 1.2 million.
- NDSU vs. Sam Houston in FCS title game on ESPN2 in Jan. 2013, 1.1 million.
- NDSU vs. Montana in FCS Kickoff game on ESPN in Aug. 2015, 981,000.
- NDSU vs. Iowa on ESPN2 in Sept. 2016, 968,000.
- NDSU vs. Wofford in FCS quarterfinals on ESPN2 in Dec. 2017, 849,000.
- NDSU vs. SDSU in FCS semifinals on ESPN2 in Dec. 2018, 846,000.
- NDSU vs. Charleston Southern on ESPN in FCS Kickoff game in Aug. 2016, 797,000.
- NDSU vs. Sam Houston State on ESPN2 in FCS semifinals in Dec. 2017, 604,000.
- NDSU vs. Kansas State in Aug. 2013 on Fox Sports 1, 585,000.
- NDSU vs. Montana State in FCS semifinals on ESPN2 in Dec. 2019, 518,000.No figures were available for NDSU's first championship, which came against Sam Houston State in January 2012.