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01/04/2013 5:06 PM ET

New Era Pinstripe Bowl produces its highest-ever rating

Increases 56% compared to 2011

The final numbers have been relayed by ESPN, and the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl recorded a 3.9 HH cvg rating, up from 2.5 in 2011 and 2.6 in 2010.

For bowls this season prior to New Year’s Day, only the Chick-fil-A Bowl (5.6 HH cvg rtg) and the Alamo Bowl (4.8 HH cvg rtg) beat out the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in terms of overall ratings.

After drawing a 2.5 total rating in 2011, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl’s 56% ratings increase was the second-largest for all bowls on ESPN through Jan. 1, 2013. Only the Armed Forces Bowl (+62%) beat out the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for largest HH increase this year vs. last year. 

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