Michigan-Ohio State get season-best rating for ESPN network

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, left, is knocked out of bounds by Michigan cornerback Channing Stribling during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, left, is knocked out of bounds by Michigan cornerback Channing Stribling during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN says the Michigan-Ohio State double-overtime thriller drew a 10.4 overnight rating, the best for any game this season across its networks.

The rating was the second-best for a game on ABC, topped only by the 2006 Michigan-Ohio State game, and the best for a noon kickoff for any game on an ESPN network. The 2006 game which was a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup earned an 11.5 overnight rating.

No. 2 Ohio State beat No. 3 Michigan 30-27 in Saturday’s game.

 The rating peaked at 12.7 between 3:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET when the game went to overtime.

ESPN says the game was also streamed online more than any regular-season it has ever done, with more than one million unique viewers.