The highly-anticipated Week 3 showdown between two Super Bowl MVPS and future Hall of Fame quarterbacks -Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees – didn’t disappoint in the slightest.
And unsurprisingly, it was a massive ratings draw for NBC.
Per Dominic Patten of Deadline.com, the Sunday Night Football showdown between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints drew 14.43 million viewers. It also garnered a strong 4.2 rating for adults in the 18-49 demo.
This was still a drop from last week’s thrilling Sunday night showdown between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, which drew a total audience of 18.4 million.
There was plenty of competition for NBC last night, so they’ll have to be happy with the ratings no matter what. Other sports fans were occupied watching the Miami Heat defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final to set up a showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.
That game, along with the season 32 premiere of The Simpsons, CBS’ Big Brother, and WWE’s Clash of Champions were among the other notable marquee programs during Sunday Night Football.
So overall, the ratings for the Packers-Saints game are highly encouraging for both the NFL and the NBC network.
This marked the first showdown between Brees and Rodgers since 2014. The latter was injured when the Saints and Packers last played in the 2017 season.
Rodgers completed 21 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Brees silenced the doubters (who’ve brought up concerns about his age and arm) with a signature performance: 29 completions for 288 yards and three touchdowns with zero picks.
But the Packers were the ones who escaped with a 37-30 victory, thanks to a pair of late scoring drives in the fourth quarter, set up by a Taysom Hill fumble that marked the turning point of the game. With the win, Green Bay moved to 3-0, while New Orleans fell to 1-2.
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