Orange Bowl ratings were up this year, according to an ESPN news release.
This year's game, a 31-10 Florida St. win against Northern Illinois, averaged a 6.5 market rating, according to Nielsen, which was up 44 percent compared to the 2012 Orange Bowl between Clemson and West Virginia. That game, 70-33 beatdown by West Virginia, did a 4.5 rating.
The Orange Bowl did an 11.1 overnight rating in Chicago, which is the second highest ESPN bowl rating in Chicago on record according to ESPN.
ESPN's other big bowl game on Tuesday, the Rose Bowl between Wisconsin and Stanford, did a 9.6 rating, and a 31.1 rating in Milwaukee.
A look at NIU's bowl ratings in the BCS era:
2013 Orange Bowl vs. Florida State: 6.5
2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl vs. Arkansas State: 1.24
2010 Humanitarian Bowl vs. Fresno State: 2.13
2010 International Bowl vs. South Florida: 1.27
2008 Independence Bowl vs. Louisiana Tech: 1.00
2006 Poinsettia Bowl vs. TCU: 1.45
2004 Silicon Valley Classic vs. Troy: 0.6