The Michigan-Michigan State game and its crazy finish, giving the Spartans the stunning 27-23 victory, also garnered stunning ratings for ESPN.
The game drew a 5.1 overnight rating, the best college football game in October ever (ESPN records go back to the 2000 season) and the second best of the season on all networks. It was second only to the Ohio State game at Virginia Tech on Monday night of Labor Day weekend, according to ESPN.
The 28.3 overnight rating was the best ever Detroit market overnight rating for a college football game on the cable network. It also was Watch ESPN’s second most-streamed regular-season college football game ever.