Falcons-Eagles a big TV hit in Atlanta

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan attempts a pass in the first half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan attempts a pass in the first half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Half of the television sets in the Atlanta television market were tuned in Sunday night to watch the Atlanta Falcons’ 35-31 victory over Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night on NBC.

The game registered a 15.7 overnight rating and a 25 share, a gain of three percent over last year’s Week 2 game, according to overnight ratings data released today by The Nielsen Company. The game also led NBC to another Sunday night win while going head-to-head against the Emmy Awards on Fox.

The 15.7/25 overnight rating for last night’s game, in which Matt Ryan and the Falcons defeated Michael Vick and the Eagles, 35-31, is up three percent from last year’s Sunday Night Football Week 2 contest, which featured the Manning brothers, Eli and Peyton, competing against each other for the second time (Giants-Colts, 15.2/24).

TOP 10 METERED MARKETS FOR EAGLES-FALCONS:

1. Atlanta, 33.6/50

2. Philadelphia, 33.5/49

3. New Orleans, 27.9/37

4. Richmond, 27.4/34

5. Norfolk, 25.7/37

6. Washington, D.C., 20.3/34

7. Las Vegas, 19.6/31

8. Memphis, 18.9/27

9. Dallas, 18.2/29

10. Charlotte, 18.1/28

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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80 comments Add your comment

Damage Inc.

September 20th, 2011
10:02 am

not gonna say it

Dino Rock

September 20th, 2011
10:14 am

SCFalcon

September 20th, 2011
10:18 am

I hope this convinced Dimitroff that he has to find a free agent or two on the offensive line..Baker has always been terrible, it was finally exposed nationally.

Paulitik

September 20th, 2011
10:23 am

I’ve noticed the media has been questioning why the offense ran so much smoother when Matt was calling the plays in the 4th. Hopefully with so many watching the pressure will start to get to Mularkey to let go of the leash.

FalconsWillWin

September 20th, 2011
10:28 am

Funny how NO was the 3rd market behind ATL andPhi. Got the aints worried.

Chandler Going Deep..

September 20th, 2011
10:36 am

And????????????

Hey Melt you better be working on that flexibility, forget arm strength with Mr Baker protecting your blind side..

That split you performed in the 3rd Quarter was brilliant.. More to come Im sure….lol

Chandler Going Deep..

September 20th, 2011
10:38 am

Mularkey was exposed with his QB calling his own plays in the 3rd…Wow..

left/right? i care

September 20th, 2011
10:57 am

chiming in from dc. great game, love my falcons. surprised no one has said the obvious about that fourth quarter, though.

FR8MVR

September 20th, 2011
11:05 am

Baker is going to get Ryan killed…….if they don’t fix that problem….Falcons will not make playoffs. Sure miss the one we let go…..DAHL

Dylan

September 20th, 2011
11:16 am

ATL Fan

September 20th, 2011
11:22 am

So, this isn’t an article about Dunte Robinson?

JONESBORO SLIM

September 20th, 2011
11:22 am

@left/right I care

Excellent point the bird looked great in the 4th qt….

@FR8MVR

Harvey Dahl didn’t look that great last night…NY was pushing him around…

dre

September 20th, 2011
11:24 am

too bad those in attendance left before the game was decided. Looked like a lot of empty seats in the dome with 5 minutes to play.

Gay Dawg

September 20th, 2011
11:30 am

What a greta weekend. Dawgs win, falcons win and….I met somone! His name is Terry and he is gorgeous!

Terry

September 20th, 2011
11:32 am

I was drunk.

coachx

September 20th, 2011
11:33 am

I hope that soory #7 fan in Section 211 . Row 5 got thrown in jail.

Security needs to react quicker.

ATL Fan

September 20th, 2011
11:34 am

L a t e _ s t a r t _ f o r _ e a s t e r n _ t i m e _ z o n e _ t e a m s. M o n d a y _ m o r n i n g _ c a m e _ m i g h t y _ e a r l y.

ATL Fan

September 20th, 2011
11:34 am

Don’t know why my last post got blocked without the spacing.

Bear

September 20th, 2011
11:36 am

Show my post damn it

LeftCoastDawg

September 20th, 2011
11:37 am

Great! This just means that more people got to see all the flaws we have on the O-Line, Defensive Backfield (specifically CBs), and Offensive Play Calling. This is not a SuperBowl team yet. The Packers will still destroy us and I’m not so sure we can handle New Orleans yet.

LeftCoastDawg

September 20th, 2011
11:39 am

I can see your post Bear…..lol

Rollin

September 20th, 2011
11:39 am

I like turtles

Strange Murphy

September 20th, 2011
11:44 am

Not allowed to post?

ATL Fan

September 20th, 2011
11:45 am

DOL,
Why are innocuous comments being blocked?

Strange Murphy

September 20th, 2011
11:45 am

The dog killer lost! If I post his name V I C K my post won’t come up.

dre

September 20th, 2011
11:46 am

this is one strange blog

dre

September 20th, 2011
11:50 am

no pun intended, Strange Murphy

Kurtis

September 20th, 2011
11:50 am

What obvious about the fourth quarter are you talking about? That Matt Ryan was able to call his own plays and lead us to the win? That was what I noticed.

ATL Fan

September 20th, 2011
11:50 am

Hmm…Emmy’s versus the NFL.
…And the winner is: NFL!!!

JONESBORO SLIM

September 20th, 2011
11:55 am

Its really know surprize that people don’t support Atlanta teams…but I think the biggest reason is that most of them are tranplants and they have brought their team spirit with them…so until the Falcons win on a consistence bases and with audthority (like the 4th qt Sunday night) people will continue to leave the game in the later quarters…But I think the team is headed in the right direction and let me say I’ve been waiting for since the mid seventies….

iceBIRDcold11

September 20th, 2011
11:56 am

A win on paper = PHILLY
Why we play the game = ATL
= PRICELESS

Virginia Jim

September 20th, 2011
12:12 pm

`Dream team` meet your nightmare!

Chandler Going Deep..

September 20th, 2011
12:16 pm

That was not an interception.. Come one Andy? Game changer?

Chandler Going Deep..

September 20th, 2011
12:17 pm

Coach Clean Shot your kidding right?

Chandler Going Deep..

September 20th, 2011
12:19 pm

Performing Splits in the Fal-cons back field is a required skill set for a QB? lol

Larry

September 20th, 2011
12:38 pm

Gay Dawg,

Did you sniff “Terry’s” azz first before you…?

Dungy called it 4 Falcons!

September 20th, 2011
12:42 pm

Dunta freeking fired the team up…Smith coaches this way. Team needed the fire, they brought it, maintained it till the end and WON! End of Story.

Really?

September 20th, 2011
12:43 pm

@ATL Fan…. it’s Dunta Robinson, not Dunte… you call yourself a fan. Regardless, he is not playing up to the potential they must have seen to give him such a large contract. NFL channel showing the hit and commenting seems to think it was a marginal call and that it was instinctive to lower one’s head before a collision.

MM says...

September 20th, 2011
12:44 pm

I need my job, ain’t no way Matt calls his own game…not while I’m here anyway.

Matt says...

September 20th, 2011
12:47 pm

MM you are right bro. But, at least let me call every one out of ten plays, and we will win them all. That way, we are both happy.

Captain Obvious

September 20th, 2011
1:04 pm

Stay classy, N’awlin fans, stay classy…

BigHittas

September 20th, 2011
1:23 pm

I been tellin y’all that 21 and DaCoupe have been hurting the birds (ain’t no secret), and finally coach listened and made these folk ride the pine for most the game.

thank goodness. I will say 21 made a good tackle. Maybe they should play him at lineback. 23 still ain’t made a play. 56 you oughta be ashame that you young AND slow.

BigHittas

September 20th, 2011
1:25 pm

the baker got punked. he ain’t worth the dough. hehheh.

BigHittas

September 20th, 2011
1:33 pm

just glad we got the monkey off our back by beating the punk eaglets. Fat Andy has no respect for this city of its team, he showed that last year by putting Ronnie Mexico in at QB for that TD. I hope Fat Andy and his punk team loses all the rest of the games this year
sincerely,
bighittas

Sausage King of Chicago

September 20th, 2011
1:38 pm

Could have been a lot of parents with kids who needed to leave early ’cause it was a school night. Plus have you ever tried to walk up that Rube Goldberg of a ramp outside Gate D after a close game. It takes half a freakin’ hour to move 40ft. Get some escalators out there, dangit.

Keith

September 20th, 2011
1:49 pm

The Falcon offense appears more efficient when matty ice calls his own plays and the offensive line appeared to block better during the fourth quarter. I would have liked to see the no-huddle used more in the first half. That would allow for a better perspective in judging each half.

BigHittas

September 20th, 2011
1:50 pm

CGD too bad you ain’t got the brains to be complimentary to #2 on the good passes he threw. I guess your mug is half empty.

BigHittas

September 20th, 2011
1:55 pm

also Juliet Jones need to step up more. He coulda had 6 if he caught that ball that Omigoduh tried to pick. Course it was a tough catch, but come on 11!

Reggie

September 20th, 2011
1:55 pm

As I’ve said before, Aurthur Blank please get rid of this clown. Dunta Robinson is a garbage CB that couldn’t cover a twin size bed with a King size comforter.

Also Real talk, Matt Ryan aka Matty Ice needs to hit the WEIGHT ROOM. We went out and got a burner in Julio Jones and do not have a QB to get him the ball deep. Matt Ryan, please get with the LB’s and workout with them. Get your arm up cuzz.

Falcons_own_NFC_south

September 20th, 2011
1:57 pm

Pass protection was much better in the 4th quarter hmmmm

Oh oh .. MR was running the no-huddle… MM needs some training from MR lol