Packer Pre-season Game Earns a Wow Rating


How hungry are people for football?

Thursday night’s pre-season game between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots earned a 28.9 rating on WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) for an audience of approximately 258,134 TV households.

That is 107,000 more television homes than watched the first pre-season game last year. A rating point is the equivalent of 8,932 TV homes.

Perversely Thursday’s game earned its lowest ratings in the first quarter, when Rodgers and New England quarterback Tom Brady were still playing.

The ratings peaked at 31.7 late in the fourth quarter, at about 9:15 p.m.

Last year’s first pre-season game against the Tennessee Titans earned a 16.6 rating. The Patriots game was of special interest since it pitted the Packers against last year’s Super Bowl winners and Brady, the quarterback suspended for four games in a scandal involving deflated footballs.

The Packers next pre-season game is against the Pittsburgh Steelers at noon Sunday.



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