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UM-MSU post season-best Saturday ratings on ESPN

The Detroit News
Spartan running back LJ Scott fights off Wolverine Delano Hill (44) for a long first down in front of the Michigan bench and coach Jim Harbaugh.

The Michigan-Michigan State game on ESPN drew a 3.1 rating, the network's best Saturday overnight rating of the season. It was ESPN's second-best overnight this season, trailing only Ole Miss-Florida State on Labor Day night.

The overnight is up 19 percent from the same TV window last season (Ole Miss at Auburn), and the stream of 140,000 average minute viewers and total of 32,017,000 minutes watched were up 98% and 110% year over year to the Rebels-Tigers matchup.

Detroit earned a 22.9 local rating, the market’s second highest rating for a regular-season game on ESPN.