NBC record 6.4 million watched Michigan at Notre Dame in prime time
ANN ARBOR -- The Michigan-Notre Dame football rivalry will be going away soon.
Best of luck, television networks.
The soon-to-be defunct annual series continued to be a television ratings cash cow over the weekend, as NBC released information Tuesday claiming that 6.4 million viewers tuned in to watch Notre Dame's 13-6 win over Michigan in South Bend -- making it the most-watched Fighting Irish prime-time game ever to air on NBC history.
The news was released right around the same time as Michigan's announcement that Notre Dame had decided to end its annual series with the Wolverines.
According to NBC, the game finished with a household rating of 4.0, the best of any college football game on television this past Saturday. The audience also rose 100 percent over Notre Dame's primetime game a year ago -- against USC.
USC is one of a handful of teams Notre Dame has said it'd like to keep on its schedule moving forward, while Michigan is now scheduled to go off the Fighting Irish's slate after 2014.
The game was also the most-watched Notre Dame game to televise on NBC since (you guessed it) the last time Michigan visited Notre Dame Stadium in 2010.
A year ago, when the Fighting Irish visited Michigan Stadium for the Wolverines' first-ever home night game, ESPN scored a rating of 4.8 -- considerably higher than this season's contest.
Saturday marked the second time in 2012 that Michigan has been involved in the country's most-watched game of the weekend -- as 7.9 million tuned in to watch Michigan-Alabama on Sept. 1.