Unsurprisingly, Michigan-Ohio State is this year’s most-watched college football game, drawing nearly 16 million viewers.
With a spot in the Big Ten Championship and a possible spot in the college football playoffs, the stakes were high in this year’s edition of the Ohio State-Michigan game. The game has traditionally drawn one of the biggest audiences of the college football season ahead of the Conference Championship weekend, and this year was no exception.
Through Daily ShowBuzz, this year’s clash between the Buckeyes and Wolverines, a cathartic 42-27 victory over Michigan, drew 15.893 million viewers on Fox. Much to anyone’s shock, this is the most-watched college football game of this season by a significant margin – the previous record-breaking game a month earlier when Michigan State’s victory over Michigan drew . 9.289 million viewers on Fox.
Interestingly, this game has already become the third most watched game of the season. Saturday’s four overtime Iron Bowl drew 10.369 million viewers, CBS’s best audience of the year. This fall, two more games topped the eight million viewer mark – Georgia-Clemson in the first week drew 8.863 million viewers for ABC, and Texas A&M’s upset victory over Alabama drew 8.334 million viewers on CBS.
The next stop is the Championship weekend. Two games will be broadcast on Friday, with CBS Sports Network having the Conference USA title game between Western Kentucky and UTSA and ABC broadcasting the Oregon-Utah Pac-12 Championship. The first window features both Big 12 title play (Baylor-Oklahoma State, ABC) and the MAC Championship (Kent State-Northern Illinois, ESPN), while the mid-afternoon window is set. featured by SEC title game (Georgia-Alabama, CBS) and also includes Mountain West Championship (Utah State-San Diego State, Fox), Sun Belt title game (Appalachian State-Louisiana, ESPN) and the very important game for the American title (Houston-Cincinnati, ABC). In prime time, Fox has the game for the Big Ten (Michigan-Iowa) title and ABC has the ACC (Pitt-Wake Forest) championship.
It’s going to be a fun weekend.