New Orleans delivers highest Sunday Night Football ratings again

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New Orleanians love their football.

For the third consecutive year and the sixth time since 2010, New Orleans was the highest rated market for Sunday Night Football on NBC, the network announced earlier this week.

On average, New Orleans delivered a 20.2 rating and 30 share for the series. A rating point equals 1 percent of all televisions in the market; a share point equals 1 percent of all TVs in use.

Interestingly, the Saints only appeared once on Sunday Night Football this season – in Week 3 at home against Green Bay.

Kansas City, Seattle, Milwaukee and Albuquerque rounded out the top five.

Sunday Night Football has been the top-rated prime time program in the United States for the last 10 years – the longest streak of any series in the history of television.

The full list of top 20 local market average ratings:

1. New Orleans 20.2/30
2. Kansas City 18.9/32
3. Seattle 18.4/34
4. Milwaukee 16.8/30
5. Albuquerque 15.0/25
T6. Philadelphia 14.1/25
T6. San Diego 14.1/27
T6. Las Vegas 14.1/25
9. Pittsburgh 14.0/24
10. Buffalo 13.8/23
11. Sacramento 13.7/26
12. Denver 13.5/26
13. Richmond 13.3/24
14. Nashville 13.2/23
15. Baltimore 12.7/23
T16. Providence 12.6/23
T16. Dallas 12.6/25
18. Minneapolis 12.5/26
T19. Washington, D.C. 12.2/24
T19. Portland 12.2/25












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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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