Well here’s something you would have never expected a few years ago. According to local TV ratings, the Detroit Lions preseason opener Friday night against the Cleveland Browns was watched by more people than the Olympics and the Tigers game.
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).
This was apparently a 10-percent increase over last season’s opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
There’s always a lot of anticipation and expectations entering preseason and then the regular season. But because last year was the first time in a long time that those expectations were actually met, this year the excitement is apparently even higher.