via press release:
BROWNS VS LIONS SETS RATING & VIEWERSHIP RECORD FOR A PRESEASON GAME ON NFL NETWORK
With 1.81 US HH rating & average of 2.82 million viewers, Cleveland vs Detroit is the highest-rated and most-watched game preseason game ever on NFL Network
One preseason game into his young NFL career, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is already proving to be a television draw. The August 9 preseason game between the Browns and Lions, which featured Manziel’s first action as a professional, set a rating and viewership record for a preseason game on NFL Network.
The Cleveland-Detroit game delivered a 1.81 US HH rating and was watched by an average of 2.82 million viewers, ranking it as the highest-rated and most-watched game in the 11 seasons of televising preseason games on NFL Network. The Browns/Lions game was 36% higher in total viewership than the 2007 Hall of Fame game between the Saints and Steelers, the previous high for a preseason game on NFL Network.
The top 5 most viewed preseason games of all time on NFL Network:
1) Aug. 9, 2014: Cleveland vs. Detroit. 1.81 US HH / 2.82 M viewers
2) Aug. 5, 2007: New Orleans vs. Pittsburgh (HOF). 1.25 US HH / 2.07 M viewers
3) Aug. 15, 2010: Denver vs. Cincinnati. 1.23 US HH / 2.01 M viewers
4) Aug. 5, 2012: Arizona vs. New Orleans (HOF). 1.25 US HH / 1.97 M viewers
5) Aug. 18, 2012: New York Giants vs. New York Jets. 1.27 US HH / 1.90 M viewers
NFL Network remains the only place to see the entire slate of 65 preseason games, with games throughout the month of August. Additionally, NFL Network’s preseason broadcast schedule features a record 14 live games, including multiple appearances by the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks (August 15, 22 & 28).
NFL Network’s preseason coverage is presented by sponsors including Heineken, Mitsubishi and Toshiba.
NFL NETWORK’S REMAINING 2014 LIVE PRESEASON SCHEDULE
(All Times are Eastern)
Friday, August 15
7:30 PM – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots
10:30 PM – San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks (joined in progress)
Saturday, August 16
4:00 PM – Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams
7:00 PM – Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, August 17
4:00 PM – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers
Thursday, August 21
7:30 PM – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Friday, August 22
11:00 PM – Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks (joined in progress)
Saturday, August 23
4:30 PM – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills
Thursday, August 28
7:00 PM – New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles
10:00 PM – Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders
* Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out in the participating teams’ over-the-air station markets
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