Johnny Delivers – 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 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.