Primetime showdown between Michigan-Minnesota nets huge viewer ratings
The B1G returned to action this weekend, and the result was an incredible viewership rating for ABC.
On Saturday night, No. 21 Minnesota hosted No. 18 Michigan in a battle for the Little Brown Jug to open the season. Everyone had their eyeballs glued to the television networks for the night, resulting in the most-viewed game on ESPN networks for the 2020 season.
Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press reported on the results from Saturday’s game.
The #Gophers–#Wolverines game Saturday night was the most-viewed college football game on ESPN networks this fall at 5.1 million, according to ESPN PR. Detroit was top market (16.8), with Twin Cities second (13.5).
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) October 27, 2020
Per Greder, 5.1 million viewers tuned in for Saturday night’s showdown between the Gophers and Wolverines. The largest market was Detroit with a 16.8 viewership rating and Minneapolis/St. Paul was 13.5, per ESPN’s public relations department.
Michigan defeated Minnesota 49-24 to start the season off 1-0.
This week, the Wolverines will take on in-state rival Michigan State on Saturday while Minnesota will travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins on Friday night.