Not only was the blowout loss to Ohio State painful to watch for Michigan fans, it was watched by many.
Try more than 13 million people.
Last Saturday’s 62-39 loss to the Buckeyes, Michigan’s seventh straight to Ohio State, was watched by 13.2 million viewers, FOX announced Thursday.
It was the most-watched regular season college football on FOX, the network said, an increase of 26 percent from the 2017 game. That game, a 31-20 loss for Michigan, drew 10.5 million viewers.
On FOX streaming services, including the network’s app, the game drew an average of 145,000 viewers per minute.
Michigan entered the game a four-point favorite, ranked No. 4 in the country and riding a 10-game winning streak. Ohio State was No. 10 and coming off a 52-51 overtime win over Maryland.
With the win, the Buckeyes clinched a share of the Big Ten East division title and clinched a berth to the league championship game this Saturday vs. Northwestern.
The game had so much hype around it, ESPN sent its weekly college football tailgate show, “College GameDay,” to broadcast live from Columbus, despite the game airing on a different network. The three-hour show delivered its best overnight rating ever, a 1.7.