OSU-Michigan big for ABC

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Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State thriller drew the largest audience for a regular-season college football game since 1993, ABC said Sunday.

The battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country — both undefeated until Saturday — averaged 21.8 million viewers on ABC, according to preliminary estimates released Sunday by Nielsen Media Research. Ohio State was leading most of the game but held off a late-game charge to win 42-39 in Columbus, Ohio.

It was the largest audience for any regular-season college football game since Nov. 13, 1993, when the Florida State-Notre Dame game averaged 22 million viewers. It also far outweighed Ohio State's previous game on ABC, when it beat then-second-ranked Texas on Sept. 9.

ESPN said the Michigan-Ohio State game would appear on ESPN Classic in primetime Wednesday as well as on ESPNU several times during Thanksgiving week. The game also is available via iTunes.
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