Michigan State at Ohio State: Highest-Rated Game of Season across All Networks

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Michigan State at Ohio State: Highest-Rated Game of Season across All Networks

  • Most-Watched Afternoon Game of the Season across All Networks
  • Best Rating for Late Afternoon Game on ABC Since 2006
  • Fifth Best Regular Season College Football Game on WatchESPN

ABC’s telecast of No. 9 Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State (3:30 p.m. ET) earned a 6.6 household rating, the highest-rated college football game of the 2015 season across all networks. Season-to-date, ESPN/ABC has televised six of the seven highest-rated games across all networks:

2015 College Football Season: Highest-Rated Games*

Rank Rating Date Time (ET) Game Network
1. 6.6 Sat, Nov. 21 3:30 p.m. Michigan State at Ohio State ABC
2. 6.4 Sat, Nov. 7 8 p.m. LSU at Alabama CBS
3. 6.0 Mon, Sept. 7 8 p.m. Ohio State at Virginia Tech ESPN
4. 4.8 Sat, Oct. 17 3:30 p.m. Michigan State at Michigan ESPN
5. 4.7 Sat, Nov. 7 3:30 p.m. Florida State at Clemson ABC
6. 4.6 Sat, Sept. 19 9:15 p.m. Ole Miss at Alabama ESPN
7. 4.5 Sat, Sept 12 8 p.m. Oregon at Michigan State ABC

 

Most-Watched Afternoon Game of 2015 Season*

The 6.6 rating resulted in 11,052,000 viewers, the most-watched afternoon game of the 2015 college football season. Season-to-date, ESPN/ABC has televised the four most-watched afternoon games, across all networks:

Rank Viewership Date Time (ET) Game Network
1. 11,052,000 Sat, Nov. 21 3:30 p.m. Michigan State at Ohio State ABC
2. 7,563,000 Sat, Nov. 7 3:30 p.m. Florida State at Clemson ABC
3. 7,398,000 Sat, Oct. 17 3:30 p.m. Michigan State at Michigan ESPN
4. 7,298,000 Sat, Oct. 3 3:30 p.m. Regional: Ohio State at Indiana or Texas Tech at Baylor ABC

Includes noon kickoffs as well


Additional Spartans-Buckeyes Superlatives:

  • Highest-rated and most-watched ABC 3:30 p.m. game since Nov. 18, 2006, when No. 2 Michigan took on No. 1 Ohio State
  • Up 95% to the comparable TV window from the 2014 season (Regional action on ABC: Boston College at Florida State and Wisconsin at Iowa**).
  • Top 5 regular season college football game ever on WatchESPN, adding 122,000 average minute impressions to the TV audience and a total of 482,000 unique viewers resulting in 24,700,000 minutes viewed.

*Please note: Michigan at Penn State (noon on ABC) television rating and viewership number is not available until Mon., Nov 30, and thus not accounted for in this release.

**Michigan State at Ohio State was played on Sat., Nov.21, 2015 and comparable year-over-year games were from week 13 of the 2014 season (November 22, 2014)

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

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Derek Volner

I work in college sports, which includes football and basketball, with an emphasis on Olympic Sports. Additionally, I handle ESPN’s coverage of high school athletics and recruiting.
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