Patriots preseason opener draws strong TV ratings

The 12.6 household rating was the highest for a television program in the Boston market this week.

Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers is congratulated by teammates after his 5-yard touchdown reception.
Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers is congratulated by teammates after his 5-yard touchdown reception. –AP Photo/Rick Osentoski

The Patriots picked up right where they left off Thursday night on both the field and the television ratings

The defending Super Bowl champions opened the preseason with a 31-3 win over the Lions in Detroit.  The game also dominated the local television ratings, earning a 12.6 household rating in the Boston market for the broadcast on Channel 4.

It was the highest rating for a television program in the Boston market this week.

Combined with the broadcast on Channel 9 in Manchester, N.H., the game had a 13.7 HH rating and a 27 share in the Boston DMA.

The Red Sox, who beat the Angels, 3-0, behind Chris Sale’s 13-strikeout gem, had a 4.83 household rating on NESN in Boston.