Put Ohio State on television, and the ratings will come. This much is known.
But we got another chapter of proof Saturday night in Madison when the No. 2 Buckeyes topped the No. 8 Badgers in overtime. It was the highest rated sporting event across all networks—even outdrawing Game 1 of the National League Championship series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.
ABCs Ohio State at Wisconsin thriller earned a 5.6 overnight rating, the highest overnight among all sporting events across all networks.— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) October 16, 2016
Ohio State at Wisconsin: Peaked with a 7.3 overnight (11:45 p.m.-midnight ET) when the Buckeyes and Badgers were in overtime pic.twitter.com/o77ANSwltm— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 16, 2016
Ohio State at Wisconsin: 38,695,000 mins streamed, a top 5 regular season CFB game ever & up 341% year over year (Penn State at Ohio State) pic.twitter.com/CGyPUIgSsH— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 16, 2016
ABC has televised the three highest overnights of the 2016 college football season: pic.twitter.com/Hw19ZujVGZ— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 16, 2016
Great news for ABC, especially considering it will broadcast Penn State's attempt to whiteout Ohio State this Saturday in Happy Valley at 8 p.m. ET.