New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings easily top rated Week 1 preseason game


The New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings was the No. 1 preseason game among local networks. No. 2 wasn’t even close either.

Fans were craving New Orleans Saints’ football.

After a controversial loss at the hand of the LA Rams back in January, fans were eager to see their Saints back on the field. Apparently, they were left with a bad taste in their mouth that’d only be cured with some Saints football.

That said, the Saints-Vikings preseason game was easily the top game among local networks. Markets like Cleveland, Philadelphia, Miami, Kansas City and many others televised their local game. New Orleans beat them all by a wide margin.

New Orleans, as far as TV ratings go, blew the competition out of the water although losing against Minnesota. Rod Walker of went into how Fox 8 broke down the ratings.

"The Saints’ 35-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, broadcast locally on Fox 8, drew a 40.0 rating. That was almost 15 points ahead of the second best local ratings. The Kansas City Chiefs, who played the Cincinnati Bengals in their opener, had a local rating of 25.3."

Over 12,000 people graced the Saints practice just a few days prior to the game against Minnesota. People love their Saints’ football, and that’s not a new surprise to those that’ve followed the team the past few years.

As the team is again expected to be among the NFC’s best, there’s no reason to think these numbers will decline any time soon. That said, the Saints are one of the best teams in the league so they do have that edge over markets like Miami.

What’s even more impressive is that the Saints’ fanbase knew that Drew Brees and Michael Thomas were likely not going to see snaps and they still tuned in. That’s dedication.

Your Saints will be back on WWL against the Los Angeles Chargers this coming Sunday.

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However, this game won’t be at the Superdome. That’s not to say that Who Dat Nation can’t still support this team while on the road! The game is scheduled for 3 p.m.