01/04/13 5:26 PM ET
Pinstripe Bowl records its highest rating in 2012
By Zack Meisel / MLB.com
Still, Yankee Stadium, which hosted the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29, was under the spotlight. The college football bowl game, in which Syracuse defeated West Virginia, 38-14, received its highest viewer rating, recording a 56 percent increase over its 2011 totals, according to numbers released by ESPN.
Syracuse also won the Pinstripe Bowl in 2010, the bowl game's inaugural year. That December, the contest merited a 2.6 household coverage rating. That figure dipped to 2.5 last year before rising to 3.9 for last week's affair.
For bowls played before New Year's Day, only Monday's Chick-fil-A Bowl (5.6) and the Alamo Bowl (4.8) drew higher ratings.
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl's 56 percent ratings increase was the second-largest jump of any ESPN-televised bowl game played prior to New Year's Day.