Ratings: Michigan-Ohio State College Football Draws Record 16.7 Million

Saturday afternoon’s college football match-up between Michigan and Ohio State drew 16.65 million total viewers to ABC, making it the most-watched regular season game with a noon ET kickoff on record.

The Buckeyes’ 30-27 win over the Wolverines also stands as one of the Top 5 most-watched regular season college football games ever.

For ABC, it marks the most-watched college football contest in more than 10 years, since the 2006 Michigan-OSU match-up (with a 3:30 pm kickoff) drew north of 21 million viewers — the network’s largest audience ever for a regular season game.

ABC now claims the two most-watched college football games this season, with Notre Dame-Texas (airing Sept. 4) placing second with just shy of 11 million viewers.

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6 Comments
  1. I was hoping it was all a nightmare. Where is Bobby Ewing in the shower when you need him?
    #GoBlue

    • K says:

      Me too. The officiating was terribly one-sided and favored OSU the whole game. They missed countless holds, false starts, and pass interferences on the Buckeyes that even the announcers were commenting on it. Favorable spot given on that 4th and 1 but you know they never overturn that stuff.

      • IDK. OSU got the penalty for a guy not having his mouthpiece in.

        I do think the game was overly controlled by the officiating, kinda ugly. But two pick 6’s had nothing to do with officiating.

        Doesn’t mean I’m happy, just that I didn’t find it horribly officiated.

        • Ryan says:

          It went both ways. Michigan had some fair gripes but so did OSU (2 blatant holds and a block in the back on Peppers’s 43 yd return also come to mind). Officiating will never by 100% but if Michigan wanted a win they shouldn’t have turned the ball over three times.