Though a five hour pregame show seemed like a bit much, turns out, a lot of people cared about No. 2 vs. No. 3. Whodda thunk it?
With a total live audience of 2,682,000 average viewers, this past Saturday's show was the most-watched regular-season episode in the history of College GameDay. You could say Ohio State is a bit of a draw when hosting a huge game of consequence.
According to ESPN PR, the extra two hours generated an average live audience of 885,000 viewers. Kind of incredible considering it started at 7 a.m. (and earlier in much of the United States).
The accomplishment is particularly impressive when you consider the evolution of viewing habits that has widely led to lower ratings across the board in most sports oriented mediums. While ESPN didn’t disclose streaming metrics, it’s hard not to imagine they were pretty strong to boot.