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Michigan-Ohio State was most-watched game of the season, second-most watched in rivalry history

The Wolverines and Buckeyes drew nearly 20 million eyeballs.

Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA TODAY NETWORK

The TV ratings were just announced for this year’s Michigan-Ohio State game, and it’s officially the most-watched college football game of the 2023 season.

According to Sports Media Watch, a whopping 19.07 million people tuned in to FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff for The Game last Saturday. That’s the highest viewership this year, and the second-highest viewed game between the Wolverines and Buckeyes in the history of the rivalry. The only more-watched edition of The Game was back in 2006, which drew more than 21 million viewers.

Additionally, the game is the most-watched college football game in FOX history, and is the second-most watched regular season college football game since Alabama-LSU in 2011.

With so much on the line for both teams — and the fact Jim Harbaugh was suspended for this game — it’s no wonder so many people decided to watch this game. The Wolverines came out on top, 30-24, and advanced to their third consecutive Big Ten Championship Game. The Buckeyes fell to 11-1 and now have to sit at home and await their postseason fate.

The second-most watched game of the weekend was the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn. It was a distant second place and only drew 9.09 million viewers.

A lot of college football fans have interest every year in The Game, and these numbers go to show how big a pull the Wolverines and Buckeyes have not only regionally, but from coast to coast.