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Falcons/Saints game Monday is the biggest cable telecast of the year

Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates the victory over the Falcons Monday night. CREDIT: Johnny Crawford/jcrawford@ajc.com

Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates the victory over the Falcons Monday night. CREDIT: Johnny Crawford/jcrawford@ajc.com

A big game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints Monday equaled huge viewership locally and nationally.

It drew more than half the TVs that were on in metro Atlanta and more than one-third of the entire local population. It was also the highest rated football game in Atlanta on record, according to Zap2it.com.

The game, which ended with the Saints winning 17-14 in the final minutes, aired on both ESPN as a “Monday Night Football” telecast and Channel 2 WSB-TV.  Combined,  the two networks brought in a whopping 37.2 rating, about three times larger than a typical top-rated show and equates to more than 1.5 million viewers. And of TVs that were on Monday night, 54 percent were tuned to the game.

Nationally, the game drew 19.1 million viewers on ESPN alone, according to Nielsen ratings. That’s the highest rated cable telecast of the year and third biggest ever. (Nine of the top 10 cable telecasts of all time are NFL football games. The only non-football telecast? “High School Musical 2″ from 2007 on the Disney Channel makes it into the top 10.)

NFL has been on a roll this year, showing increased ratings across the board. ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” averaged 14.7 million viewers through 15 weeks, on its way to its best year ever on that network. NFL Network’s Thursday night football games have averaged 5.7 million, the best in its five-year history.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

115 comments Add your comment

bruce mac

December 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

WOW, I guess Falcons do matter.

JD

December 29th, 2010
3:49 pm

Kudos ‘Birds, well deserved…..now about that offensive game plan….

Waldo

December 29th, 2010
3:55 pm

Great game.. wish it would have been a different result… maybe the dancing of the logo by the Saints will motivate our Falcons to kick their A$$ next time they are in town in 3 weeks!! Let’s go Falcons!

Mack1124

December 29th, 2010
3:55 pm

Saints = Garbage

December 29th, 2010
4:04 pm

Enter your comments here

SeenThisB4

December 29th, 2010
4:12 pm

Nationally, everybody wants to see the Saints!

Bubba Bean

December 29th, 2010
4:19 pm

Hey Seen….’urine’ way over your head…..

craig

December 29th, 2010
4:22 pm

SeenThisB4, Nationally, no one gives a SH**T about the aints or that crappy city of yours. Go crawl back in that cespool called old nawleans.

hiramsaint

December 29th, 2010
4:27 pm

sorry falcants fans but the top 3 nfl games all included the saints and all were victories for the saints. the saints pats game , the superbowl and the whuppin even the refs couldn’t help you out of , though they tried, last monday

FALCON FEVER

December 29th, 2010
4:27 pm

We will again RISE UP! the road to DALLAS will come thru the DOME! check out this video by far the hottest song in the CITY! get BEHIND THIS TEAM AND GET BEHIND THIS SONG! PLEASE CALL YOUR LOCAL RADIO STATIONS AND REQUEST IT! THANX!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPqx6nRYnpU

hiramsaint

December 29th, 2010
4:33 pm

and the saints will come thru there at 100 mph and hand matty slush another home loss and a seat on the sofa to watch the superbowl

Stanley

December 29th, 2010
4:34 pm

Kalifornia Kool K. is just trolling. Don’t take the bait!

Hoodwink

December 29th, 2010
4:37 pm

@hiramsaint- I love aggressive, angry saints fans. When you’re done cuddling with Drew Brees, maybe we can hang out. I just love the saint. All that black and gold. Hello!

Quackers

December 29th, 2010
4:37 pm

After Katrina most of New Orleans folks went to Houston and Atlanta…. anyone notice what happened to crime ratings in Houston and Atlanta? SHOT THROUGH THE ROOF. Public school violent incidents shot up most notably in schools where Katrina refugees were sent. New Orleans is a breeding ground for criminals. What are you teaching folks down there? If you disagree, shoot em?

New Orleans blows. Falcons are gonna rip you next time.

nikkie

December 29th, 2010
4:38 pm

PEOPLE BE FOR REAL! GET OVER IT! NOBODY HAD COMMENTS WHEN R.WHITE WAS ON TWITTER TALKING NEGATIVE ABOUT THE SAINTS AND THERE TOWN. THE FALCONS ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT THE SAINTS!! THATS WHATS WRONG THE WORLD TODAY. ALWAYS BEING NEGATIVE. GROW UP. STAY POSTIVE AND FOCUS!

stinkholeneworleans

December 29th, 2010
4:41 pm

The country loves a sad story, especially when it comes to hurricanes and awful franchises. New Orleans is the only city in the world that a hurricane could hit it and do millions in improvements. It’s no wonder most of the people that left, haven’t come back. What a stinkhole of a city, the only people that like that cesspool of a city are vagrants, drunks and people that never bathe. You had no class before Katrina and even less afterward. The Super Bowl was fixed and everybody knows it. Keep playing the pity card and maybe somebody will listen again.

Candyman

December 29th, 2010
4:41 pm

Kalifornia cool might be trolling, but he’s right on. Why in the world is Vick such a hero to his community/race? Idolize someone who is productive for society and a good person. A couple of good years on the football field isn’t going to change perception of his character.

Trish

December 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

and they lost…LOL – get the big stage you been beggin for and what happens? LOL

Trish

December 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

why people bringing up Vick? Oh…saw that 11Alive piece huh? LOL

Sharon

December 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

If you have ever owned and loved a dog, you might eventually forgive Vick, but you will never forget. It disgusts me that he electrocuted, drowned and shot animals for kicks. He never apologized till he got caught.

He may have served time, but that doesn’t mean people have to like him. Most hate him. He should be hated. He is going to have to prove over a long period of time that he deserves the 2nd chance he got.

Until then, love to see him get beat on the football field.

ACE

December 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

The black community has so many positive role models Mike Tomlin, Tony Dungy, Raheem Morris,
Tim Duncan, but yet they choose someone like Vick as a “role model”. Whatever floats your boat.

Andy Bean

December 29th, 2010
4:48 pm

Trish- if you haven’t noticed we’re still ahead of you. I guess the laughs on you. See you at our place in a couple of weeks.

ACE

December 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

@trish-Are we supposed to know what you’re talking about?

Andy Bean

December 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

I agree with ACE. I think Tony Dungy is the best of the group- wish he would coach again too.

Frauds exposed

December 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

Craig- check the record with the networks, people do want to see the saints, that’s official, and not just thrown out there. Nobody wants to see your sorry falcants. You falcants fans talked smack all week about what was going to happen to the saints etc. Now you got your ass beat, now you want to sing another song. If anybody was lucky, it was your team the first game, with that chip shot of a field goal that was missed. We should have swept the falcants just like we did last year. Of the last 11 games we are 9-2 against your pitiful team. Don’t hate the player hate the game. Another thing the saints own that dome, we beat your team there two years in a row, so what makes you think it want happen again in the playoffs if it should come to that. Your team was held to a total of 215 yards, I think our defense is up ton the task. Don’t hate the fact that we have a super bowl ring and your team does not. The entire country knows that you falcants fans are haters. Talk smack when your team wins a Lombardi, until then you guys can’t say a damn thing.

Trish

December 29th, 2010
4:52 pm

Who are you in front of?? LMAO…you cant possibly mean the Falcons can you? Seriously? You think this is just like the BCS? LOL

Nail biting season

December 29th, 2010
4:54 pm

I enjoyed the Falcon – Saint game. I don’t know what it is ( mind you, it could just be me ) but, overall, this football season seems to be more intense. Even though, my Cowboys stink like hog heaven, I am still enjoying this football season. I find myself enjoying games of teams which in
past could not hold my attention. There seemed to be more closely matched games this season. Also, many of the overtime games were simply nail biting and hair pulling experience that I will
remember for quiet some time. I eagerly look for to the Super Bowl. Hopefully, the Falcons will be
there.

Trish

December 29th, 2010
4:55 pm

Sharon, are you so eager to talk about Vick that you can’t even comment on the actual topic of the blog? Dang……..that’s one helluva obsession. I guess you dont actually have a comment about the blog topic huh?

Falcons get on national TV and fold before great ratings. That’s the story.

ACE

December 29th, 2010
4:55 pm

The medicine Trish normally takes has been replaced with crack. Let’s see if she notices the difference.

Mike Vick

December 29th, 2010
4:55 pm

Vick is the man, didn’t my Philly eagles stomp those birds a couple of weeks ago.

ACE

December 29th, 2010
4:57 pm

@Trish-Way to spread the hate!!

Andy Bean

December 29th, 2010
4:58 pm

Hey Trish- hate to point to the standings… but have you seen those? We’re playing Carolina for the #1 seed this weekend. Oh that’s right, you guys are playing for a wildcard spot. Kudos.

Andy Bean

December 29th, 2010
5:00 pm

Trish- Just in case you didn’t know, the NFL standings are used to get into the playoffs. You probably didn’t know that if you are from New Orleans, because folks don’t go to school there. They just rob people to make a living.

ACE

December 29th, 2010
5:01 pm

@Andy Bean-Good luck with her.

City champs

December 29th, 2010
5:02 pm

Ok falcants fan base, it’s official, your team has just won a city championship. Now, are you guys happy. Finally you get a trophy to show case as being the best professional team in Atlanta. You will never win a Lombardi, not in your life time. In a couple of weeks, the falcons fans will be blogging about what could and should have been, if this or that happened. So there you have it, your team is the official champions of losersville, isn’t that what Atlanta pro teams are called by the national sports media.

Regina W

December 29th, 2010
5:04 pm

as a season ticketholder, the behavior of the Saints fans and players were completely disgusting on Monday night. Many of the regular ticketholders got up and left as a result of the vulgar language, insults made to Matt Ryan’s mother, racial slurs being aimed at John Abraham and Roddy White, along with their drunken behavior. In all of my years of attending falcons games, I have never been in an environment like that at the Georgia Dome. Security was called and began joking around with the rude fans because he told us that he was from NO. I then found out that one of the Saints players made a remark that he urinated on our logo. How classy for a bunch of SB champs. Taking a picture on our logo……pointless. Its not like you have already won the SB again. “Act like you have been here before”…….

Ha ha ha

December 29th, 2010
5:04 pm

Rise up, only to be knocked down by the super bowl champs.

Andy Bean

December 29th, 2010
5:05 pm

@City Champs- I guess we should just call the NFL and tell them we are going to decline our playoff berth. After all we are only the champions of loserville.

Wait… no… I think we’ll just play and see what happens. Dope.

Martin

December 29th, 2010
5:14 pm

Funny you should talk about the saints fans, when we as saints fans experience the same thing while walking to the Georgia Dome by your church going crowd. They bragged and threw insults at us, before the game started. They also talked smack during the game. For a team that has not won a thing, why on earth would you people continue to act like your team has world champs attached to their name. Common sense would tell a team fan base to just shut up, until you win something. You guys have no credit, because your team does not and has not won anything. If and I mean if they should ever win one, then I will give them the respect they deserve. As much as I hate your team, they win a super bowl, I can only give them the respect as super bowl champions.

hiramsaint

December 29th, 2010
5:15 pm

wow- all the jealousy against the saints can only mean hidden admiration from the falcants fans.

It isn't about race

December 29th, 2010
5:17 pm

Vick got a second chance… and he served his time. But people are right about the misdirection of the black community these days… who are the leaders that the black community looks up to? Jesse Jackson, Michael Vick and the Martin Luther King children? That’s just plain screwy.

There are a lot of good black people these days that are tremendous leaders- but they are labeled as traitors and outcasts. Bill Cosby comes to mind.

The big question is why do black children only aspire to be athletes or rappers? somethings wrong there.

kennensaw mom

December 29th, 2010
5:25 pm

DAMN, thought we were talking about Aints and Falcons. How the “hell” does Vick fit into this? He is not even a Falcon player. Geeez….grow up people.

nolabuzz

December 29th, 2010
5:26 pm

wow…such love…I have lived in Atlanta for 9 years and love it…but I from New Orleans and if anyone has actually been there you would know that it is coming back in a big way…YES, there are areas that one does not go to b/c of crime but last I checked there are areas of Atlanta that are not “recommended”….before you start your chatter of calling my beloved city a “cesspool” go there and visit to see what a great city it has become since that horrific occurance of Katrina…lord knows I lived in Atlanta long enough to realize how great it is!…its a shame that some people from Atlanta wished such events on a great city like New Orleans…I can remember being here during the Vick days and while he was a great player and still is, after he was admitted to being a criminal, some of the locals here were still defending him!!??? thats awesome! WHO DAT!

Joe

December 29th, 2010
5:27 pm

Smith is just another morone Coach who will punt on 4th and inches and give the ball away to another team on 4th qand 5 with 2 minutes away in the game. Just another Coach from the pile….what a darnj watse of coaching tactcs.
WAKE UP Coachesss….You will not look smart to punt the ball away while losing, 2:15 minutes on the clock, and expecting to get the ball back when the other team is kicking your ass on the last three or so offensive plays.

Trish

December 29th, 2010
5:27 pm

LOL @ these idiots that believe the NFL playoffs are akin to the BCS poll.

MattRyanForever

December 29th, 2010
5:28 pm

Both Saints and Falcons are very good franchises, and with Tampa’s Josh Freeman (and maybe Andrew Luck in Carolina), the NFC South is *THE* place for great football. It’s not about The Saint’s being “America’s Team”, cause they’re not. People *WILL* watch great football if given the chance, and the best shot the NFL has at showcasing great football is showing off the Falcons/Saints/Buccaneers.
It’s *REFRESHING* to have a huge game on tv that doesn’t have anything to do with He That Shall Not Be Named (B***t F***E), or ESPN/NFL trying to shove the Cowboys/Redskins/Giants/Eagles down our throats. There is life outside the NFC East.

Yeah Right

December 29th, 2010
5:28 pm

football match huh? big sports guy I see…

nolabuzz

December 29th, 2010
5:28 pm

agreed MArtin…a buddy of mine had someone in town wearing a Brees jersey to the game then after the game someone approached him and simply punched him out cold…I guess outplaying a team who is supposed to be NFC’s pride this year is a bad thing to some fans…WHO DAT!

Cam

December 29th, 2010
5:29 pm

this is what Trish is referring too:
http://www.11alive.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=170166&provider=top

now that’s embarrassing no matter how u spin it.

Season Ticket Holder

December 29th, 2010
5:30 pm

I was at the game…and I gotta say it…Saints fans are TRASH. PURE…GUTTER…TRASH. What’s funny is, I don’t even really hate the Saints team. It’s just that I don’t want anything to EVER happen that gives Saints fans a reason to be happy.

And while we’re on the subject, the sympathy period is over. It has been 5 years. Get over what happened to your trash heap of a city. The city of Atlanta’s crime rate cannot take this anymore. PLEASE GO HOME.