Michigan-Ohio State earns historic TV ratings

The Detroit News
Michigan safety Delano Hill tackles Ohio State running back Mike Weber in the third quarter.

The epic Michigan vs. Ohio State showdown on Saturday, televised by ABC, drew a 10.4 overnight rating, making it the second-most watched regular-season college football game in the network’s history, ESPN reported.

Ohio State defeated Michigan 30-27 in double overtime.

No. 1 for ABC is the 2006 Michigan vs. Ohio State game, also won by the Buckeyes, 42-39. That game earned an 11.5 overnight rating.

Saturday's game also was the most-watched this season on any network, topping the 7.0 rating earned by Notre Dame vs. Texas on Sept. 4 on ABC.

ESPN’s stream added 279,000 viewers in the average minute with a total of 1,273,000 unique viewers watching 69,661,000 minutes.

Chart-toppers

The most-watched college football games this season, according to ESPN:

10.4 rating – Michigan at Ohio State, Nov. 26, ABC

7.0 – Notre Dame at Texas, Sept. 4, ABC

6.0 – Louisville at Clemson, Oct. 1, ABC

6.0 – Alabama at LSU, Nov. 5, CBS

5.6 – Ohio State at Wisconsin, Oct. 15, ABC

5.4 – Alabama at Ole Miss, Sept. 17, CBS

5.4 – Texas A&M at Alabama, Oct. 22, CBS

5.3 – Ole Miss vs. Florida State, Sept. 5, ESPN

4.9 – USC vs. Alabama, Sept. 3, ABC

4.9 – LSU vs. Wisconsin, Sept. 3, ABC

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