Saints-Bucs draws high ratings for opening week game

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Drew Brees
Sep 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Pool photo via Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It comes as no surprise here.

As we stated many times on our CCS affiliated radio shows, the belief was that the game would have a huge viewership. That was in fact the case.

Fox Sports PR released ratings for the New Orleans Saints season opening game with Tampa Bay. Simply put, the numbers were virtually off the charts.

The much anticipated matchup pitting all-time greats Drew Brees and Tom Brady drew a 16.2 overnight rating, which Fox projects the game as the “most-watched telecast of any kind since Super Bowl LIV.”

The fact that no fans were allowed at the game with the rabid fan base of the Saints and the keen interest from Bucs fans over the anticipation of Brady making his debut with his new team, along with high interest nationally produced the huge numbers.

The 16.2 rating was the largest for a FOX NFL Week 1 game in the last four years.

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…

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