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Patriots preseason games on FOX finish on top of local ratings


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. ( – The Patriots 2013 home debut at Gillette Stadium was the most watched program in the Boston market for the week of Aug. 12.

The Patriots 25-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers delivered a 14.7 household rating with an average of 455,200 total viewers. The team's home opener was broadcast nationally on FOX at 8 p.m.

Friday night marked the second straight week that a Patriots preseason game has finished on top of the local ratings. New England's Aug. 9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles took home top ratings for the week of Aug. 6 with a 14.4 household rating and an average of 494,700 viewers.

The game against the Buccaneers was the Patriots second game of the preseason.

The Patriots take on the Detroit Lions Thursday.