Michigan and Notre Dame played in front of the largest crowd to ever watch an NCAA football game Saturday night in Ann Arbor.
And that also helped ESPN set a new benchmark for television ratings on a football Saturday.
Michigan’s 41-30 win over Notre Dame drew an average of 8.65 million viewers in prime time on ESPN, and was the cornerstone game in what turned out to be the network’s most-viewed college football regular season Saturday of all time.
According to an ESPN release, the Michigan-Notre Dame game drew a United States’ television rating of 5.3, and was the weekend’s most-viewed non-NFL sporting event — regardless of network.
By: Mike Plourde for Great Lakes Radio Sports