Notre Dame-Ohio State draws in NBC’s second-largest regular season ratings of all time
Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Notre Dame’s 17-14 loss to Ohio State on Saturday was NBC Sports’ most watched regular season college football game since the 1993 “Game of the Century” between then-No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 1 Florida State.
The game averaged 10.5 million viewers across NBC, Peacock and NBC Sports Digital, according to the network. As the Buckeyes drove for the game-winning score from 10:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., viewership peaked at 14.2 million.
Saturday’s contest was one of the most-watched primetime regular season college football games on any network since 2018. Notre Dame-Ohio State edged out Oregon-Colorado’s Nielsen rating of 10.03 million viewers on ABC on Saturday afternoon, according to Sports Media Watch.
The game was NBC’s second-most watched regular season game of all time, behind the 22 million viewers who tuned in to watch Notre Dame’s 31-24 win over Florida State in 1993.
The four top metered markets for the meeting of the two Midwestern football powerhouses were Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Indianapolis, according to data from Nielsen and Adobe Analytics.
Additionally, the live stream of the game via Peacock and NBC Sports Digital platforms was NBC Sports’ most-streamed college football simulcast ever, according to the news release.