Johnny Manziel’s Browns Debut Crushes NFL Preseason TV Ratings Record

After last weekend’s preseason game between Cleveland and Detroit, we can add another nickname to Johnny Manziel’s long list of monikers: “Johnny TV Ratings.”

Manziel didn’t just set the NFL Network’s record for most-watched preseason game in history, he crushed the previous mark set by the Saints and Steelers in 2007. According to the network (via, 36% more viewers tuned into Manziel’s first game than any other in history.

The game, a 13-12 Browns loss, earned 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 years of preseason games on NFL Network.

It probably won’t be the only preseason TV ratings record Manziel and the Browns set this year. Their next contest is a matchup with the Washington Redskins on Monday, Aug. 18th. Manziel and Robert Griffin III on the same field at one time should have fans all around the country tuning in.

And no, you aren’t the only one still trying to wrap your head around the Browns setting viewership records.