Stop me if you’re sick of ratings stories, but it was another blockbuster night for the home team. SportsBusiness Daily’s Austin Karp reported that the Ravens-Redskins game — seen locally on both ESPN and WDCA — received an 18.1 rating in the Washington television market.
Last year’s Redskins-Ravens scrimmage scored just a 15.1 rating, and this year’s Steelers exhibition recorded a 16.3, the highest Redskins preseason record in at least 20 years. If I’m doing the math right, that means more than 430,000 households in the Washington market were tuned into that game. This is expected to be the most-watched preseason schedule in the recorded TV history of the Skins.
Thursday’s game also scored an absurd 28.8 rating in Baltimore.
This image above, via @mikepradaSBN, is remarkable.
Rex and Becks on starting
The two quarterbacks were asked the same sideline question by ESPN in the third quarter, but their answers were strikingly different.
“Everybody’s gonna keep guessing, right up til opening day, what’s your gut feeling?” Grossman was asked about the starting role.
“I don’t know,” he said. “You know, I just go try to play well and whatever happens happens. But we’ll see pretty soon. You know, Sept. 11 the game comes around, so they’ve got to make up their mind soon.”
“I asked Rex this too, what’s your gut feeling about who’s gonna be the starting quarterback on opening day,” Beck was asked.
“I’m sure Rex gave the same answer I’m gonna give you,” Beck replied. “Your gut feeling tells you it’s you. That’s why we play quarterback, because we want to be the guy that’s out on the field.”
No, Rex did not give the same answer.
Donte’ Stallworth’s pre-pre-game playlist
Among the more remarkable entrants were “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion, “Fields of Gold” by Sting, “Who’s That Girl” by Madonna, ”Your Love Keeps Lifting Me” by Jackie Wilson, and “The Girl From Ipanema” by Frank Sinatra.
Are you ready for some football?