After last year’s boycott, viewers in New Orleans return to the Super Bowl

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A year ago, Saints fans were so furious about the pass interference no-call that went against them in the NFC Championship Game that they boycotted the Super Bowl, giving the New Orleans market the lowest TV rating for Super Bowl LIII of any American metropolitan area.

This year, Saints fans were again disappointed by a pass interference no-call that went against them in their postseason loss, but that no-call wasn’t quite as infuriating, and so Saints fans were back to watching the Super Bowl in large numbers.

FOX Sports announced that New Orleans posted an enormous 54.1 local rating for Super Bowl LIV. The New Orleans local rating was second only to Kansas City among all American markets, and it more than doubled the 26.1 local rating New Orleans had for the Super Bowl last year. It also beat the 53 local rating New Orleans had for the Super Bowl two years ago, showing that New Orleans is all the way back to loving football again.

New Orleans has consistently been among America’s best football cities, with a passion for the Saints, for LSU and for high school football. A bad call was enough to turn New Orleans away from the NFL briefly last year — but only briefly.

24 responses to “After last year’s boycott, viewers in New Orleans return to the Super Bowl

  1. I kind of hope the Saints go back to 7-9 this season. The playoffs are so much more enjoyable when they are not around to whine about their most recent choke job.

  2. Gotta admit – Saints fans are awesome. Every body else just takes whatever crooked Roger hands out. But not them. Fun place to visit, too.

  3. Waaaaait! So they watched again? But but but all the fans who boycotted kept claiming they would never watch again. It’s the same ridiculousness you hear from people at stores “this is why I hate shopping here and I’ll never come back” and their back the next week.

  4. Well, New Orleans revels in Atlanta’s failures, so by extension, Shanahan falling short was an extension of that….P.S. Congrats, KC, nice bounceback after your heartbreaking loss last year@

  5. veetan says:
    February 6, 2020 at 8:42 am
    Gotta admit – Saints fans are awesome. Every body else just takes whatever crooked Roger hands out. But not them. Fun place to visit, too.
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    That’s an interesting take. When the last CBA was up for a vote, the one that gave “Roger” almost unlimited power to fine and suspend, only 1 team voted against it. It wasn’t the Saints. Apparently they were happy as long as “Roger’s” decisions did directly affect them.

  6. it wasnt just new orleans that boycotted the super bowl last year. the whole nation stood in solidarity with the whodats and didnt want that boring farce of a patriots – rams super bowl. the whodats and the american legions returned to the SB because the 49ers and Chiefs were both Great Exciting teams.

  7. Riveron called the OPI on Kittle justified…the same exact OPI on Rudolf went uncalled and Riveron said it was clearly not OPI. I don’t want either flag thrown but you gotta be consistent.

    Last season, Saints fans showed the world how true fans act.

  8. I’m surprised they didn’t protest because SF didn’t get called for PI in the game against Seattle and give them the bye. It’s always woulda shoulda coulda with NO fans.

  9. If that no call had happened to your team you’d have been griping too. A Saints vs Patriots Super Bowl would’ve been a much better game than that debacle last year and you all know it even if you don’t want to admit it.

  10. All teams get bad calls sometimes. The Saints get game changing calls every week, multiple times per week.

  11. [i]liquorman67 says:
    February 6, 2020 at 12:45 pm
    If that no call had happened to your team you’d have been griping too.[/i]

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    Except that time Atlanta got hosed on a DPI non-call (NaVorro Bowman on Roddy White) to end the 2012 NFC Championship game and you didn’t hear Falcon fans clamoring for a rule change, taking it to the court, etc.

  12. So what ur telling us then is Kansas City, New Orleans, and California tuned in at record numbers to watch, and the rest of the country tuned out which is why it’s total viewership was only 10th best all time

  13. so they missed the worst game and worst halftime show in 20 years, sounds like the rest of the country wished they had done similar!

  14. OMG…the Rudolph call was really nothing. Yes maybe he pushed off a bit, but what about PJ Williams grabbing his hands so he can’t catch the ball? Is he suppsoed to just let him do that? Seriously….also there were several Defensive PI No calls the Saints defense were guilty of that ended Vikings drives, course those don’t matter thou, right? Because they didn’t cause the saints to Lose. lol

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