Cleveland watches 'Decision' in droves

Updated: July 9, 2010, 8:22 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Early television ratings for ESPN indicate there was twice as much interest in LeBron James' decision on where to play in the city he is leaving than in the city he's going to.

Preliminary Nielsen Co. ratings from the nation's 56 biggest cities show that more than seven of every 100 homes with television sets was tuned in to Thursday night's special. In Cleveland, one in every four homes tuned in to watch James say he was leaving the hometown Cavaliers. Nielsen's estimate of how many people watched nationwide, expected on Friday, was delayed until Monday.

In Miami, the show had a 12.8 rating.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.