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Packers-Vikings generates record ratings

The biggest Monday Night Football game since, at a minimum, Bears-Dolphins in 1985 also has generated the biggest rating for a Monday Night Football game since the franchise made the switch to cable in 2006.

Per SportsBusiness Daily, the Packers-Vikings Don’t-Call-It-A-Grudge-Match grudge match generated a metered-market rating of 14.2, which likely will make it the highest-rating program in cable television history.

It’s a 65-percent increase from last year’s overnight rating for the Week Four game between the Ravens and the Steelers.

In Minneapolis, the game garnered a staggering rating of 58.3.  In Green Bay, the rating was 49.7.

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22 Responses to “Packers-Vikings generates record ratings”
  1. Sparrowhawk says: Oct 6, 2009 1:53 PM

    This event had all the prep and build up of a night time soap opera. Brett got to play the role of the slutty girl playing around at the neighbor’s house.

  2. Dewey ActSwooned says: Oct 6, 2009 1:55 PM

    The more important question is:
    How many people bought the Ab Circle Pro that was advertised during each commercial break?

  3. Karen Rodgers Mom says: Oct 6, 2009 1:56 PM

    If the Favre led Vikings reach the big dance it will be the single biggest game in NFL history.

  4. Glitch says: Oct 6, 2009 1:56 PM

    Only 49.7 in Green Bay? Either they were expecting a loss, or Antique Roadshow was on.

  5. Nevisyakker says: Oct 6, 2009 2:00 PM

    I guess that explains why the ever objective (yes, for you packer fans, that was sarcasm) Monday Night Football crew had their nose so far up Favre’s butt. I’m a Viking fan and still found them nausiating.

  6. Wonderlic---myballs says: Oct 6, 2009 2:07 PM

    Likely be the highest rated program in cable history? Damn. Love him or hate him,we all know why the ratings: Brett Favre. Must be sweet being in the Favre business,huh Florio? Now excuse me while I get back to making my Ted Thompson pinatas coming to WI soon!

  7. longrodvanhungendong says: Oct 6, 2009 2:14 PM

    But were the tv ratings better than KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park? Thats the real measuring stick here.

  8. Seeryer says: Oct 6, 2009 2:25 PM

    My Dad was on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean and watched it from 2:30AM to 5:30AM. He loved it because he loves football players and #4 proved he is still one of the best in the game.

  9. packers4life says: Oct 6, 2009 2:34 PM

    “Likely be the highest rated program in cable history? Damn. Love him or hate him,we all know why the ratings: Brett Favre. Must be sweet being in the Favre business,huh Florio? Now excuse me while I get back to making my Ted Thompson pinatas coming to WI soon!”
    It was because of Brett Favre going against his former team. Not just Brett himself. I’ll betcha if it was against some other team, it wouldn’t of generated a whole lot of ratings.

  10. malgorthewarrior says: Oct 6, 2009 2:43 PM

    Those ratings were well deserved. It was an intense game and Brett Favre delivered.
    I have been as much of a hater as everyone else, but the guy can still play, unnecessary offseason drama or not.
    The real test will be whether he’s got that same magic come weeks 12-17. That is when his age set in and his arm started falling off last year.

  11. Wonderlic---myballs says: Oct 6, 2009 3:00 PM

    @packers4life – You are very right,forgot to mention that major point. Wonder how the “Brett comes back to Lambeau” game rates? Of course it’s not MNF but most people I know more interested in that game. Should be good.

  12. mikethevike says: Oct 6, 2009 3:02 PM

    One of the longest games I’ve ever been to. More tv timeouts than there was game and the tv timeouts were twice as long. i hate espn games. I bought a Aaron Rodgers swallows tshirt on my way out of the humpty dump.

  13. Nevisyakker says: Oct 6, 2009 3:12 PM

    Before this game he spent more time on his back than a $10 whore. Not sacked all that much, but LOTS of hit-after-the-throw smack downs.
    If the Vikings can provide anything like the protection he had last night, and with the run first game plan calling for 30 throws a game, maybe he will hold up through the season.

  14. mofo says: Oct 6, 2009 3:21 PM

    More like the highest rated phalanx of non-stop commercial breaks in cable history.
    Really, why not even cut to commercial break between snaps. It’s the next logical step after that mute-button-fest last night.

  15. Ftfxr says: Oct 6, 2009 3:35 PM

    174.
    you have a knack for stating the obvious, whats next: Packer O-Line had a few protection problems or ‘Sconies are drunks?

  16. zygi milf says: Oct 6, 2009 3:39 PM

    packers4life says:
    October 6, 2009 2:34 PM
    “It was because of Brett Favre going against his former team. Not just Brett himself. I’ll betcha if it was against some other team, it wouldn’t of generated a whole lot of ratings.”
    *********
    So that was what all the hype was about? Wow. Thank you for pointing it out. I could not, for the life of me, figure out why such a big deal was made about the game.

  17. trickbunny says: Oct 6, 2009 4:27 PM

    So it’s true- people are more interested in Brett Favre’s 59th comeback than they are watching a Steelers game. Cool.
    Btw, I wonder how many times the words “Brett Favre” were spoken on MNF last night. My guess is 65,000,000,000,000,000,028.

  18. JimmySmith says: Oct 6, 2009 4:48 PM

    The irony is that it takes an ex-Packer to get the residents of the Twin Cities to watch a Viking game.
    In that case, imagine the success of Fox Sports once the Vikings depart for LA and they will be showing the Packer games for the regional feed.
    Ca-ching Ca-ching

  19. packers4life says: Oct 6, 2009 6:05 PM

    “Btw, I wonder how many times the words “Brett Favre” were spoken on MNF last night. My guess is 65,000,000,000,000,000,028.”
    ….it was more than that.

  20. stetai says: Oct 6, 2009 6:30 PM

    Hey packers4life, are you seriously trying to credit the GB Packers for the ratings and not Favre?
    So how do you explain the 12 million that watched Favre play Houston in the preseason, in an alltime record viewing? Is it because they wanted to see Brett play the Texans?
    This is what you have in store Mr. Packer, when Ted Thompson locked the door on Mr. Favre, you are nothing but a second rate 6-10 small market team, where with Favre, you are ratings gold, and the love of a nation. You are now back to the 70′s and 80′s, small potatoes, a small fish in a big pond.
    Your franchise is now across the border making kazillions of dollars for your arch enemy Vikings because YOUR boss, Ted Thompson kicked him out. Enjoy the next thirty years while you pine away wondering why the Packers haven’t come close to a Super Bowl and no free agent worth his salt has shown any interest in playing for you.

  21. Mason says: Oct 6, 2009 10:40 PM

    well just because the vikings r finally winning for a change doesnt mean they are just the best team ever i mean come on now i mean just thing of all the super bowls you guys have won i cant even count them on one hand and also i mean i heard that the vikes are already going after rodgers in 2040 that should generate another great game when it gets here

  22. J.Cannon says: Oct 7, 2009 4:02 AM

    @JimmySmith thanks to Brett Favre a new Viking’s stadium being built is just a matter of time. Not only did your former idol decide he wanted to play for your most hated rival but he also may have saved the franchise! Governor Tim “I wish John McCain had picked me instead of Sarah Palin” is allready on board to try and get the new stadium built on the coat tails of the teams success. LMAO at your attempts at cheap shots. How old are you budy? Any way just wanted to say thanks for the hate and the Hall of Fame Quarterback we in Minnesota sure do appreciate it. And hey when that new stadium get’s built well call it “The House that Favre Built”… at Mall of America Field.

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