Michigan-Ohio State earns historic TV ratings
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.
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