Penn State-Michigan Brings In Highest Noon TV Ratings In College Football This Year
Conservative play-calling and predictable lack of support throughout the offense meant that Michigan went home with the win on Saturday. Since it was the final home game and a White Out against one of Penn State’s top rivals, there was no doubt this would be a highly anticipated matchup. Though the Nittany Lions may have faltered, the fans were present — 107,148 of them. In addition to the fans cheering in the stadium, thousands were loyally tuned in at home.
ESPN PR announced that Michigan’s 28-16 win against Penn State drew the highest ratings for any noon game all season. It scored a 4.1 overnight rating, higher than any noon game in college football. ABC hosted the game, and it’s only fair that a Penn State game was the highest rated in the 12 p.m. slot, since it’s had six.
Even on the weekend before Thanksgiving, even facing the No. 12 team in the country, and even in cold weather, it’s refreshing to know how many fans were invested in the game to witness the noon kickoff in person or on TV.
Though currently the 4.1 rating for Michigan vs. Penn State is the highest of the year for its timeslot, it’s predicted that this mark won’t last for long. Michigan will host Ohio State at noon next Saturday, surely surpassing that number. Soon after will be Penn State’s 3:30 matchup with Michigan State, which could determine the Big Ten East champion pending the early game’s results.