The Big Ten hosts a plethora of big names this year. From the defending national champions to Jim Harbaugh, the Big Ten has been very entertaining to watch this season.
That was clear this past weekend as the Big Ten Network blew up with their huge slate of games. According to College Football Talk, the network reported that they experienced record ratings after their trio of games from Saturday.
The noon game between Ohio State and Maryland brought in a 2.6 rating. The Michigan/Northwestern game brought in a 2.3 rating. Finally, a lot of people tuned into see Michigan State barely survive Rutgers’ upset as that drew in a 1.7 rating.
This total rating beat the previous mark set in November of last year by nearly 30 percent.
“The heightened interest in Big Ten football around the country has generated increased enthusiasm for the conference, the schools and BTN,” BTN President Mark Silverman said in a statement. “The results from Saturday’s games have exceeded even our most optimistic expectations.”
The network’s lineup bested both ESPN and Fox Sports 1 in many of the big Midwest markets. Chicago, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, and Cleveland all tuned into the BTN, while Baltimore and Washington D.C. also drew big ratings. The network finished second in Indianapolis, New York, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee.
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