The Notre Dame-Michigan game was one of the biggest matchups of college football opening weekend. It featured two longstanding rivals in a game that could have CFP implications down the road.
Additionally, the game was played in prime time. Not to mention, ESPN’s College GameDay was in attendance.
Not surprisingly, the television audience for the game was large. In fact, it set a record.
Saturday night’s 24-17 win over Michigan was the most-watched Notre Dame game on NBC in the last 13 years. It topped every Fighting Irish game dating back to the “Bush Push” loss to USC in 2005.
It was also the highest-rated opener in roughly two and a half decades.
JUST IN: The Michigan-Notre Dame opener is the most watched Fighting Irish game on NBC in 13 years since the “Bush Push” game vs. USC, highest rated opener in 24 years.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 4, 2018
Notre Dame will certainly take those numbers. The Irish always draw tons of TV viewers but this game was even better than usual.
Notre Dame plays Ball State this weekend, once again on NBC. While this contest won’t match last week’s in terms of viewership, the Irish should continue to rack up large TV audiences this season as long as they keep winning.