Title says it all
Title says it all
Wait'll folks see the ratings boon that will be next season's night game against the Nittany Lions.
clicked on the thread thinking if "regional rivalry" isn't the first response, something's wrong.
thanks for making the world right.
I just saw a ESPN commercial for that game this Saturday at 8 pm primetime on ESPN
They aren't in the SEC.
Mr Mathers halftime show is a game changer.
The ratings would have been higher if this was a historic rivalry.
That's not actually the rule. It's not whether the next word starts with a vowel, but whether it starts with a vowel sound. We say "a university," because it starts with a consonant (y) sound despite its spelling.
Words that start with h can be an exception. Hour is the classic example.
"Hour" actually isn't an exception, because the "h" isn't pronounced. Again, it's the sound, not the spelling, that matters. If it starts with a vowel sound (as in the case of "hour") you use "an" before it.
"Historic" is the one case that everyone argues over.
not clearly a consonant sound?
I, and it sounds like the vast majority of native English speakers, don't pronounce the H in context. If you just write the word on a board and tell me to say it, I'll say it with an H, but not in the sentence "It was an historic moment." Going from N to H is going from a voiced nasal to an unvoiced glottal, it's not a seamless transition, so most people just drop the H. Happens a lot in other languages too I'd guess; H just isn't a prominent sound. Korean drops H's all the time.
I know some dudes that drop F-bombs a lot...but clearly dropping some H-bombs is a bigger deal.
There's a tradition in some circles (particularly in the UK, I believe) of saying "an historic ___." Many disagree with it though.
Have to correct your headline a bit:
Michigan's 41-30 win over Notre Dame drew an average of 8.65 million viewers in prime time on ESPN, and was the cornerstone game in what turned out to be the network's most-viewed college football regular season Saturday of all time.
So we weren't necessarily the highest rated ESPN GAME of all time. We were one game in the biggest day of college football for ESPN ever.
the southern Michigan/northern Indiana region.
Michiana has a population of 800k....so times 10
Is this sarcasm? I don't know what there is to be sarcastic about, but I'm hoping you're not serious.
if he meant Michigan + Indiana, he was way off (~15 million between us)
if he meant the Michigan-Indiana border region centered on South Bend (or Michiana), he was pretty much right
Yeah, OP reading comprehension fail for sure.
So that was probably also the highest rating viewing of the chicken dance as well
You're forgetting the year Beyonce performed the chicken dance at half-time of the Super Bowl.
"Michigan's 41-30 win over Notre Dame drew an average of 8.65 million viewers in prime time on ESPN, and was the cornerstone game in what turned out to be the network's most-viewed college football regular season Saturday of all time."
Indeed. If it is simply another game, I cannot wait to see what the ratings on storied rivalries might be.
Here's a link to a slightly more detailed breakdown - HERE. It was the most viewed programming that night across several demographics actually. In essence, if you were an American male aged 18 to 54, more than likely you were watching this game. The Michigan game also had a rating 152% higher than the next most-watched game on Saturday.
Not bad for a regional matchup.
If money rules college football, then why can't we keep this game?
Chickens be scared.
Chicken don't lie!
Looking at the ratings of the other "rivalry" games from last year:
The ND-Wake Forest game will definitely do LOTS better.
Alas, so will (won't) our game v. Rutgers.
to hate Notre Dame.
To hell with Notre Dame
This probably did happen...
I wouldn't be surprised if that purple faced maniac did say that to one of his players. Seriously, what kid wants to play for this guy? Apparently a lot do, which speaks to the Irish mystique, not BK.
Word for word. I admit, I laughed a little.
the dance to boot. Always a great game but obviously ND doesnt get it ... but I get their arrogance and am personally ready to move on. Made perfect sense the chickens were in the BIG but not to them. Therefore, see yah. I think Brandon will find a marque opponent for under the lights. Bank it.
Remember kids, conference expansion makes money! Tradition don't mean shit!
Must...Control...Fist of Death.
I hear that Oregon looks to schedule home-and-home opponents but nobody wants to tangle. Have we turned the Ducks down? If so, why?
I second that. Still remember that butt-whoopin. But I wouldn't mind playing USC right now with Kiffin there and getting some satisfaction and redemption of the two Rose Bowl games they beat us in.
...is a national championship killer. Impossible for anyone to win in Autzen Stadium. I'd rather play Bama again than Oregon.
Is that only true because normally, ABC carries the premier night game and ESPN gets the backup?
Please come back...
Just think about the numbers for Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame in 2015!
But seriously, it was a good game between marquee teams. I'd be amazed if anyone outside of South Bend thinks it is a good idea to keep Purdue on the schedule and rotate UM out.
Well, considering their team's BCS bowl chances took a major hit after last Saturday, they may have a different perspective on this than we do.
could we please change this title to something factually accurate?
the article linked does not say what your title says.
reading comprehension is not your strength.
The OP might be correct. But seems unlikely, given the way their headline is structured -- if it were their highest-rated regular-season game ever, they would have said that.
... Heads off to internet to try to find answers for two questions:
 What is highest rated regular-season game in television history?
 What is highest-rated regular-season game in ESPN history?