According to the network, 10.5 million viewers watched the Buckeyes' thrilling 17–14 win over the Fighting Irish on Saturday night. That number is the second-highest audience NBC Sports has ever drawn, topped only by 1993's matchup between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 1 Florida State. That clash, dubbed "Game of the Century," drew 22 million viewers.
The audience for the telecast peaked at 14 million viewers from 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. ET, while Ohio State was driving toward the game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds.
Online, the average minute audience for Peacock and NBC Sports Digital was 605,000 viewers, resulting in the most-streamed college football simulcast in the network's history.
While ratings for Week 4's other big broadcasts (including Colorado-Oregon and Ole Miss-Alabama), it's likely that the Buckeyes and Irish provided the biggest audience of the 2023 college football season thus far.