The Cleveland Browns-Detroit Lions preseason game on Saturday set a rating and viewership record for preseason games broadcast by NFL Network. The game had a 1.81 US HH rating and was watched by an average of 2.82 million viewers.
Likely fueled by anticipation surrounding the debut of Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, the game had a 1.81 US HH rating and was watched by an average of 2.82 million viewers. The latter represents a viewership figure 36 percent higher than the previous most-watched broadcast, the 2007 Hall of Fame Game between the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers.
NFL Network has been broadcasting preseason games for 11 years. The network is scheduled to broadcast eight more games the rest of the preseason, as well as parts of two more games.
- Ben Estes