Five top US TV broadcasts this year were New Orleans Saints games
By Bob Garcia
The Saints have proven to be a huge hit with TV viewers through 2020
The New Orleans Saints deserve a pat on the back for several reasons. The most obvious is for taking the NFC South, but they have also proven to be a success on the screen. According to a report by Sportico.com, the Saints have become the go-to NFL team for TV viewing.
Sportico explains that the Saints were one of ten NFL teams to appear in the top 50 of broadcast games this year, alongside the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New England Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Bills. Out of all of these, though, the Saints picked up five of the top 50 TV broadcasts.
The top-ranked Saints game was the one it played against the Minnesota Vikings last January. That was an NFC Wild Card matchup that the Saints lost, 26-20. In the new season, the Saints met the Bucs in Week 1, and this was the 17th most-watched TV program, grabbing the attention of 25.8 million viewers. The Saints walked away from that game with an important 34-23 victory to get their season started.
Next on the list was the Week 15 game this season against the Chiefs, which found New Orleans recording one of its few losses. That game attracted 22.9 million viewers, slightly more than the 22.8 million that had tuned into the Week 8 game against the Chicago Bears. The fifth-ranked Saints game was the Week 14 game against the Eagles, which saw 22.5 million viewers watch the Eagles pull out a surprise win.