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Vikings-Saints drew NFL's highest opening night rating ever

The ratings are in, and the NFL remains a television juggernaut.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports that Thursday night’s Vikings-Saints game drew a 17.7 rating and 28 share on NBC, making it the highest-rated NFL opening night game ever.

Those strong ratings to start the 2010 season follow a record-breaking 2009 season for the NFL, a record-breaking season that culminated with Super Bowl XLIV as the most-watched television program in history.

And so we see once again that the NFL is more popular than it has ever been. And we beg the owners and the union not to allow labor unrest to change that.

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55 Responses to “Vikings-Saints drew NFL's highest opening night rating ever”
  1. brodiego says: Sep 10, 2010 9:49 AM

    This game didn’t live up to the hype.
    Things I saw:
    Brett proved that even he needs to be in training camp.
    The Vikings should have signed Houzmamamssmsada.
    The Saints coaching staff adjustments were superior to that of the Vikings.
    Skol

  2. turbodog says: Sep 10, 2010 9:49 AM

    Cool. Lots of people got to see the VikeQueens get bitch slapped….Hey Pervy…where ya at…TURD

  3. JackBurden says: Sep 10, 2010 9:49 AM

    Brett is a big bag of douche.

  4. klungemonger says: Sep 10, 2010 9:49 AM

    So more people than ever before got to be bored to death by this opening day stinker. Yahoo.
    Keep putting that stuff out there and the popularity will ebb once again.

  5. Outfoxed says: Sep 10, 2010 9:50 AM

    Good to hear. But nobody has any money to buy the advertised products. That will cause a problem in the future when the advertisers don’t get a “bang for their buck.”

  6. Hap says: Sep 10, 2010 9:51 AM

    It’s a shame the game wasnt any better than it was.
    “And we beg the owners and the union NOT to allow labor unrest to change that.” WE fans couldnt agree more.

  7. gdeli says: Sep 10, 2010 9:51 AM

    DUH! A Vikes/Colts Superbowl would have been even higher. More people obviously know Favre than Brees. The drama queen Farve pulls in viewers. We 40 somethings still can play sports. Look how well Chelios in the NHL did and our Jim Thome of the Twins. studs. A great start to the season, the Vikes WILL BE BACK! We are just rusty and need some healthy players back. You know who.

  8. jamesz23 says: Sep 10, 2010 9:52 AM

    FOF will be on here soon to say its all because of 1 player, and he’ll talk about his jersey sales.

  9. nutbuster says: Sep 10, 2010 9:52 AM

    I am not surprised we struggle through baseball just to get to what is good and that is king football. I hope that the owners do the right thing by the fans and not lock out players. The owners are the greediest bastards ever, I wish they really loved the game as much as they say they do.

  10. football genius says: Sep 10, 2010 9:55 AM

    not sure what game you watched but the one I saw was very good. Either team could’ve won that game – just too many penalties though.
    Dave Matthews band sucked – he should retire

  11. JAG880 says: Sep 10, 2010 9:57 AM

    Even bad football is better than the best of any other sport.

  12. Zidane Valor says: Sep 10, 2010 9:58 AM

    The most amazing part to me is that Game 7 of the NBA Finals did a 15.6 rating.

  13. nutbuster says: Sep 10, 2010 9:58 AM

    I am not surprised we struggle through baseball just to get to what is good and that is king football. I hope that the owners do the right thing by the fans and not lock out players. The owners are the greediest bastards ever, I wish they really loved the game as much as they say they do.

  14. bigdawg24 says: Sep 10, 2010 9:59 AM

    Great. Shows the networks you don’t need the stupid Cowboys on National TV all of the time. I get so sick of them on TV all of the time.

  15. heyguru says: Sep 10, 2010 9:59 AM

    For the Vikes, it all comes down to separation. Bernard Berrian doesn’t have it. He’s always been a coat-tail kind of WR who gets his yards but isn’t capable of being a focal point. Harvin’s just not ready. He’ll make some, but he’s not up to reading defenses yet and can’t make his own opening. Lewis did ok, but for me you just traded for the sure-handed Greg Camarillo. Highly-motivated and highly under-rated, the guy catches whatever gets to him and he can find openings. Not a burner, but some of the greatest to ever play the game couldn’t burn. But they could find holes and most importantly they could catch. Favre needs someone besides Shiancoe he can rely on, and last year it was Rice. Don’t be surprised to see Camarillo as a starter SOON and earning the old man’s trust. Biggest breakout candidate on Minny’s offense right now.

  16. jram says: Sep 10, 2010 10:05 AM

    I dont think either team’s offence played all that well. I mean 14-9?

  17. Final Word says: Sep 10, 2010 10:11 AM

    Yeah it certainly was a disappointment for anyone that loves football and understands what these 2 teams are about!

  18. BCfromHell says: Sep 10, 2010 10:15 AM

    Of course the TV ratings are higher…, who can afford to go see games in person anymore?

  19. Mr. Beefhead says: Sep 10, 2010 10:16 AM

    TV ratings are up, but you just wrote attendance at games is down.
    Owners are still going to bitch and moan because revenue is decreasing. How much of that 28 share is going to translate into $$ for Jacksonville or Tampa Bay? None. NBC made some money last night, but the NFL didn’t….
    A lockout is imminent, and the players better not point to all these “ratings” because ratings don’t mean $#!+ to owners

  20. floria_is__a__tool says: Sep 10, 2010 10:20 AM

    “we beg the owners and the union not to allow labor unrest to change that.”
    Are you guys worried that your nice little run will be over and will be unemployed next year without a labor deal?

  21. Who is Mike Jones says: Sep 10, 2010 10:20 AM

    I’m looking for Robert Ethen and Pervy Harvin! Has anybody heard from them????
    They talked all that trash about last night’s game.
    What happended to your vikings??????
    As I said before Viking nation-
    8-8

  22. RC IV says: Sep 10, 2010 10:23 AM

    turbodog says:
    September 10, 2010 9:49 AM
    Cool. Lots of people got to see the VikeQueens get bitch slapped….Hey Pervy…where ya at…TURD
    ===========================
    Bitchslapped? Hardly.
    Is any game the Saints win by 5 or 3 or 1 a bitchslapping?
    What game were you watching? Seriously.

  23. Dustin Chandler says: Sep 10, 2010 10:24 AM

    If the Saints and Vikings are going to play like that…
    Dallas looks a hell of a lot better than I thought they did.

  24. Canned Gravy says: Sep 10, 2010 10:24 AM

    I’m still trying to figure out why MN went away from running the ball. Peterson was just shut down or they pulled the pin on him. I love how 2 drives into the season, Favre and Chilly are already bickering with each other.
    Makes you wonder if Favre was opting for his own play calling…again.

  25. Vee says: Sep 10, 2010 10:29 AM

    Yeah, highest rating ever – and it wasn’t b/c they wanted to watch the lowly Vikings, either.

  26. Allliiieee says: Sep 10, 2010 10:30 AM

    Pervy Harvin and Gravy makes Sconnies Fat…. WHERE YOU AT!? Favre could use some more gravy in his ankle….

  27. Louis says: Sep 10, 2010 10:30 AM

    ALERT- Retirement home in Minnesota looking for elderly man off his meds, very delusional he thinks he could play football & beat the Saints! Description 6`2 , 222lbs, age- older than dirt. Goes by the name of Farve. Last seen in New Orleans wearing a Vikings jersey with black & gold confetti in his hair!

  28. The Real Shuxion says: Sep 10, 2010 10:32 AM

    I was wondering after seeing the Ray Lewis commercial. If I see him at a grocery store and I am holding Dial body wash will one of his boys shoot me?

  29. 3octaveFart says: Sep 10, 2010 10:33 AM

    Train wrecks tend to draw audiences.
    BrINT didn’t disappoint/

  30. Vee says: Sep 10, 2010 10:34 AM

    Yeah, highest rating ever – and it wasn’t b/c they wanted to watch the lowly Vikings, either.

  31. Hank says: Sep 10, 2010 10:57 AM

    Depends, Vagisil and Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo must be bankin’ with ad time during vikings games.

  32. floria_is__a__tool says: Sep 10, 2010 11:10 AM

    “And we beg the owners and the union NOT to allow labor unrest to change that.”
    Sure. You will be waiting in the unemployment queue, if there is no labor deal.

  33. vikes backer says: Sep 10, 2010 11:11 AM

    Still shaking the rust out, vikings will be back in this very soon! Some poor officiating during the game.

  34. Tcostant says: Sep 10, 2010 11:12 AM

    No football at the start in 2011 because of loclout, so I will watch more football than ever this year.

  35. thirdandgoal says: Sep 10, 2010 11:12 AM

    Very underwhelming game IMO. Brees started out like an MVP, but was very average most of the game. (his receivers didn’t do him any favors, but neither did Favre’s) Favre looked and played his age, and both defenses were OK, I guess. Not bad for a 5th preseason game, but very mediocre for a season-opener.

  36. RC IV says: Sep 10, 2010 11:20 AM

    Canned Gravy says:
    September 10, 2010 10:24 AM
    I’m still trying to figure out why MN went away from running the ball. Peterson was just shut down or they pulled the pin on him. I love how 2 drives into the season, Favre and Chilly are already bickering with each other.
    Makes you wonder if Favre was opting for his own play calling…again.
    ================================
    From what Collinsworth said. Harvin was crossing him up. Favre was expecting him to keep going and Harvin was breaking off his routes.
    ————————————————–
    Vee says:
    September 10, 2010 10:34 AM
    Yeah, highest rating ever – and it wasn’t b/c they wanted to watch the lowly Vikings, either.
    ================================
    Shitstain:
    Outside of NOLA, no one gives a shit about your Saints.
    Favre drives the ratings. Just look at PFT.
    Every post about him garners a ton of hits.
    I know education isn’t a priority down there, but try not to be dumb.

  37. trickbunny says: Sep 10, 2010 11:40 AM

    People tuned in because – honestly – they want to see the Diva (Favre) fall flat on his face… which is pretty much exactly what he did. He had two nice passes during the game and spent the rest of the time looking like a panicky, floundering rookie. Ouch.
    Btw, I’d like to use this opportunity to thank my parents for good genes. I’m two years older than Brett Favre but look at least 10 years younger. That guy is an OLD-looking 41.

  38. sportsbruh3 says: Sep 10, 2010 11:48 AM

    I’m Pleased the World gets to see the Demise of Brett Farve. Not only that, they get to see how a primodonna quarterback looks less than average because he REFUSES to get on page with the structure of his team.
    Also, Bernard Berrian is the Worst. If it was not for the heavy Hauling of Adrian Peterson, the Vikings would not have moved the chains.
    The saddest part of it all is the Vikings Defense. They SHOWED up and showed out. It is not their fault that their Primodonna quarterback could not generate offense.
    The Vikings is now known as a Defensive team and Adrian Peterson.
    Brett Farve is a non-factor
    sorry

  39. philwauke says: Sep 10, 2010 11:53 AM

    Outside of NOLA, no one gives a shit about your Saints.
    Favre drives the ratings. Just look at PFT.
    Every post about him garners a ton of hits.
    I know education isn’t a priority down there, but try not to be dumb.
    ————————————————–
    Ok so highest rated opening day game. Highest rated superbowl ever in the U.S. and Canada? Where was farve for that? Of course when you have nothing to add the insults fly. Say what you really want to say with your education comment, enjoy your lily white world.
    ————————————————–

  40. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 10, 2010 11:54 AM

    TV ratings are up while attendance is down. What does that tell you?
    The game itself is too expensive; much cheaper to just stay home and watch it on tv.

  41. ninjapleazee says: Sep 10, 2010 11:55 AM

    it wasnt about the Saints or the Vikings.. we just wanted football back!

  42. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Sep 10, 2010 11:56 AM

    “And so we see once again that the NFL is more popular than it has ever been. And we beg the owners and the union not to allow labor unrest to change that.”
    UGH!!!!
    STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP

  43. jayy says: Sep 10, 2010 12:17 PM

    favre had one bad game get off his ass.. and with numbers like these how can nfl and union not agree to terms.. thats just tv sets its on.. not how the stadium was jammed and each tv had anywhere from 2-10 people watchin it.. nfl is crazy popular and more popular than any sport in america..nfl will def lose popularity if they go on a strike even for half season..

  44. Scrodge2010 says: Sep 10, 2010 12:18 PM

    I was stunned at how Brett just didn’t look “into it” last night. He looked tired, uninterested, almost bored at times. Never seen him look like that.

  45. dvdman says: Sep 10, 2010 12:31 PM

    Here are a few observations from I thought was a VERY good game. Either team could have have won. What you had was the best offense in the NFL going against the best defense in the NFL. At the end the Saints did just enough to beat the Vikings. Both team are VERY capable of being the Super Bowl again. Brett Favre can still sling a football he will be a factor this season. It was obvious he was just rusty. The Saints are still the team to be in the NFL no doubt about it.

  46. huegtoad says: Sep 10, 2010 1:17 PM

    it’s easy to go unopposed by anything new(new tv season starts i believe in 10 days), featuring the once again return of Favre, the “feel good” Saints, the start of the season on prime time NBC and get a huge rating. There will be no rating sunday in jacksonville. There will be no rating in quite a few other Markets who aren’t selling out. Yes the fans love them some NFL but watching TV for free is one thing, paying a butt load of money when you’re struggling to pay your bills to come to a game is another, and then to have your TV coverage hijacked by this is another. You simply can’t point to one factor and say everything is sunny. The other day it was sunny outside but because it’s been sunny just about every day this summer, my lawn is brown. The owners have some ammo whether you want to believe it or not!!!

  47. Slow Joe says: Sep 10, 2010 1:28 PM

    And so we see once again that the NFL is more popular than it has ever been.
    …in the Neilsen ratings. Not at the stadium turnstiles.

  48. FoF says: Sep 10, 2010 1:43 PM

    Further proof that Favre is one of the most popular and beloved NFL players of all time.

  49. FoF says: Sep 10, 2010 1:50 PM

    jamesz23 says:
    September 10, 2010 9:52 AM
    FOF will be on here soon to say its all because of 1 player, and he’ll talk about his jersey sales.
    A premptive strike because you know it’s the truth?
    I thought so

  50. huegtoad says: Sep 10, 2010 1:53 PM

    FoF says:
    September 10, 2010 1:43 PM
    Further proof that Favre is one of the most popular and beloved NFL players of all time.
    _________________________________
    there is a difference between being an interesting and polarizing figure and being beloved and popular.
    He is popular in minnesotta and beloved there, he should be beloved in green bay, but most of the people now root against him

  51. MACK DADDY says: Sep 10, 2010 2:01 PM

    Great. That means a whole bunch of people watched the Vikngs get slapped around.

  52. FrankZappa says: Sep 10, 2010 2:15 PM

    baseball is still a better sport

  53. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 10, 2010 2:15 PM

    I heard some PFT peter puffers were looking for me…well here I am. We could have won last night…you should be very afraid when we start clicking …so.Who wants some of me? Bring it bitches!

  54. Ilovefoolsball says: Sep 10, 2010 2:56 PM

    It was a very good game. So what if it wasn’t the offensive firepower show everyone wanted. There have been a lot of great defensive battles that are good games. It’s good to see that the Saints can win even without the game being a shootout.
    It’s also good to see that the Vikings can lose without 5 turnovers.

  55. scra22 says: Sep 11, 2010 1:45 PM

    RC IV says: September 10, 2010 11:20 AM
    Outside of NOLA, no one gives a shit about your Saints.
    Favre drives the ratings. Just look at PFT.
    Every post about him garners a ton of hits.
    I know education isn’t a priority down there, but try not to be dumb.
    =========
    Favre does drive ratings, but to say no one outside of New Orleans cares about the Saints is either ignorant or just blatantly stupid. The Super Bowl last year was the highest-rated TV program of all time, and no Favre was in sight. When Indy played in the SB 3 years earlier, the ratings weren’t that high, so I’m sure the Saints had something to do with it.

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