Michigan vs. Wisconsin is highest-rated game on ABC/ESPN

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Fans use their cell phones to illuminate the stadium while singing during a timeout in the fourth quarter.

From all accounts, Michigan-Wisconsin qualified for "big-game" treatment, hence, the presence of ESPN's College GameDay. But it also delivered in overnight television ratings.

Michigan won the prime-time game, 38-13, at Michigan Stadium on Saturday night and delivered a 3.6 overnight rating, tops for the ABC/ESPN family in college football’s Week 7. This is the sixth straight Saturday that the highest-rated primetime game aired on either ABC or ESPN.

Not surprisingly, the Detroit market had the highest local rating with an 18.1. And the No. 2 market? That would be Columbus, Ohio, at 15.9.

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In fact, four of the top six markets for the Michigan game in Ohio.

Here are the top 10 ratings markets for the Michigan vs. Wisconsin game:

1. Detroit: 18.1 rating

2. Columbus: 15.9

3. Milwaukee: 13.7

4. Dayton: 9.0

5. Cleveland: 7.8

6. Cincinnati: 6.2

T7. Minneapolis: 5.6

T7. Portland: 5.6

9. Memphis: 5.1

10. Oklahoma City: 4.6


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