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.

The top 5 most viewed preseason games of all time on NFL Network:

  • 9, 2014: Cleveland vs. Detroit. 1.81 US HH / 2.82 M viewers
  • 5, 2007: New Orleans vs. Pittsburgh (HOF). 1.25 US HH / 2.07 M viewers
  • 15, 2010: Denver vs. Cincinnati. 1.23 US HH / 2.01 M viewers
  • 5, 2012: Arizona vs. New Orleans (HOF). 1.25 US HH / 1.97 M viewers
  • 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.


(All Times are Eastern)

Week 2

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

Week 3

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

Week 4

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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