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Sunday Night football ratings strong from start to finish

The Detroit Lions won on the field and in the television ratings with their 26-10 victory over the New England Patriots at Ford Field Sunday night.

Ratings were strong from start to finish in the game that was televised nationally by NBC and shown in metro Detroit on WDIV-Channel Four.

Overall Nielsen ratings were a 28.1 – highest for the Lions' first three games – with a 44 share. The peak rating was 29.8 at 9:30 with a 45 share.

And viewers remained plugged in to the end, with a 28.2 rating and a 49 share in the final 15-minute segment from 11:15-11:30.

A Nielsen ratings point represents 17,772 households in Metro Detroit, with 2.5 people per household.

Based on that formula,1.324 million people in Metro Detroit were watching the game on television at the peak ratings period, with another 61,769 at Ford Field.

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