Oct. 30, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., - Penn State's thrilling 13-6 win at No. 10 Ohio State delivered the seventh-highest number of viewers ever for an ABC primetime regular season college football telecast.
According to data from ESPN, 7.35 million TV households tuned into the clash last Saturday night, as the No. 3 Nittany Lions scored 10 points in the final 6:25 to improve to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten. Penn State held the Buckeyes to their lowest point total at home since a 6-0 loss to Wisconsin in 1982 and the Lions won their 10th consecutive game, tied with Texas Tech for the nation's longest winning streak.
The Penn State-Ohio State clash was seen in 7.35 million TV households and earned a 6.4 rating, drawing a larger audience than Game 3 of the World Series, which was seen in 6.99 million TV households and earned a 6.11 rating.
The Nittany Lions-Buckeyes clash is the second-highest rated college football game of the 2008 season. Only the Sept. 13 Ohio State-USC game on ABC's Saturday Night Football drew a larger audience, being seen in 7.95 million TV households and earning a 7.0 rating.
Penn State's last two wins, over Michigan and Ohio State, are scheduled to air on the Big Ten Network this weekend. The Nittany Lions' 46-17 Homecoming thumping of the Wolverines will air on Friday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m-1 p.m. ET. Penn State's win at Ohio State will air on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. ET. The Big Ten Network is available in more than 70 million homes nationwide.
Penn State defeated Wisconsin, 48-7, on Oct. 11 and is the first team in Big Ten history to defeat Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin in consecutive weeks.
The Nittany Lions have long been one of college football's premier programs for television networks. Every Nittany Lion game has been televised the past five seasons and 173 of the last 175 Penn State games overall have been on TV. Since 1995, Penn State leads Big Ten schools with 158 regular season telecasts.
Penn State is No. 3 in the Bowl Championship Series rankings and Associated Press, USA Today Coaches and Harris polls. The Nittany Lions are idle this week and return to action Nov. 8 at Iowa (5-3, 2-2). The contest will be an ABC regional telecast at 3:30 p.m. ET, with coverage on ESPN in the rest of the nation. The Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com also will air the game. The Hawkeyes visit Illinois on Saturday.