Ohio State's big win over Nebraska scored massive ratings mark during B1G's return to action
With the TV ratings coming in from Saturday’s Big Ten openers, it’s safe to say one thing: Ohio State football fans are excited to have the Buckeyes back.
On Sunday, FOX Sports PR announced that its Big Noon Saturday game between Ohio State and Nebraska was Saturday’s highest-rated college football game across all networks. Much of that appears to be thanks to the state of Ohio.
Yesterday's BIG NOON SATURDAY game of the week between Ohio State and Nebraska ranks as the day’s highest-rated college football game across networks 📺 pic.twitter.com/rqJMdCLLGY
— FOX Sports PR (@FOXSportsPR) October 25, 2020
The most surprising thing about this is not that people are interested in the Buckeyes, it’s that the game did well despite Ohio State winning 52-17 and holding a commanding lead for much of the action.
It appears that despite the lopsided score, the state of Ohio was well invested in this matchup. Based on the numbers released by FOX, 36.7 percent of TVs in Columbus were tuned into the game. Nearby Cleveland and Cincinnati also appeared interested with the second and third highest available local market ratings.
Even the rest of Big Ten country was interested as Indianapolis and Detroit rounded out the top five local markets.
Ohio State always draws eyeballs but especially this season with the talent the Buckeyes have, especially with potential Heisman winner Justin Fields.