Penn State-Iowa Highest Rated 3:30 p.m. Game On ESPN This Season

No. 14 Penn State football’s dramatic win over No. 19 Iowa was the highest rated 3:30 p.m. game on ESPN so far this season, according to the network.

ESPN estimates that more than two million households tuned in to watch the game, an increase of 157 percent from the same time slot last year.

This matchup — along with Texas A&M at Mississippi State, Purdue at Michigan State, and Texas at Oklahoma State — brought ESPN’s collective ratings up 56 percent from this time last year.

Penn State is no stranger to helping ESPN’s ratings. Its game against then-No. 4 Ohio State under White Out conditions was the highest-rated game of the season — an average of 9.5 million fans tuned in to watch the Buckeyes’ victory. The matchup went down as one of five most-watched games on the ESPN family of networks in the past decade.

The Nittany Lions’ last two postseason bowl games are also among the most-watched contests in ESPN history. Their 35-28 victory over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl was the most-watched bowl game outside of the four-team College Football Playoff last season with more than 10 million viewers.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Rose Bowl was watched by more than 15 million viewers and is the most-watched non-playoff bowl game in the New Year’s Six era.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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