Lions preseason game beats out Olympics and Tigers game in TV ratings

Posted Aug 13, 2012

It’s football season again and there certainly seems to be a lot of excitement surrounding the Lions. One easy way to tell is by looking at the television numbers from Friday’s preseason opener against the Browns.

The game was No. 1 among Metro Detroit households with a 11.0 rating. In comparison, the Olympics received a 10.1 rating. The Tigers' opening game to kick off a weekend series with the Texas Rangers received a 10.4 rating. Each rating point represents 17,000 households tuning in. The Lions game was the No. 1 program among men ages 18-49 (7.0 rating) and men ages 25-54 (9.3 rating).

Friday's rating was a 10-percent increase over last season's preseason opener against the Bengals.

The Lions play the Ravens on national television (FOX) at 8 p.m. Friday.