Ohio State's win over Virginia Tech Monday night saw near record ratings for ESPN for college football's opening weekend, and Dayton nearly led the charge.
ESPN's broadcast of the game garnered a 6.6 rating nationally, making it the third most watched college football game during the season's opening weekend on ESPN's platform of networks, according to ESPN. The broadcast was also the most streamed regular season college football game in Watch ESPN's history. More than 700,000 viewed the game on Watch ESPN last night.
The game drew a 43.4 rating in Columbus, home of Ohio State. Behind Columbus were Cleveland and Dayton, which had a 28.7 and 28.4 rating respectively. Richmond, Va., the neighboring home market for Virginia Tech, was the fifth highest rated market at 16.3.
The game was the highest rated regular season game ever viewed in Columbus, Cleveland and Dayton, according to ESPN.
By comparison, the College Football Playoff National Championship Game got an 18.5 overnight rating on ESPN, and a 43.8 rating locally.
This week's Ohio State game versus Hawai'i will be on Big Ten Network.
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