Watch and Learn: New Orleans Saints Break Television Records

Brandon ButeraContributor ISeptember 11, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09:  The banners representing achievements of the New Orleans Saints, including the newly unveiled 2009 Super Bowl World Champions banner, hang above the fans in the upper deck during the Saints game against the Minnesota Vikings at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Saints are drawing bigger television audiences to the NFL than any team has in history.

It seems like every time they play a vitally important game to their season, or the NFL season in general, they break some sort of ratings record.

This was once again true in their huge season opener against the Vikings on September 9. The Saints-Vikings game had the highest TV ratings of any NFL season opener in history, not to mention it had 27.5 million viewers.

It broke multiple records, such as being the most watched NFL prime time regular season game ever broadcasted on NBC.

Does anyone notice a trend starting to develop in Saints games?

In Super Bowl XLIV, the nation proved it wanted to see the Saints win a Super Bowl. The Saints' 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts attracted over 106 million viewers. It was the most watched television broadcast in history.

Go back a little further, and we arrive at the renowned Saints-Vikings NFC Championship game. This dramatic thriller landed nearly 60 million viewers. This was the highest number of viewers for an NFC Championship Game in almost 30 years.

The list goes on and on. Apparently whenever the Saints are shown in prime time in an important game, millions of people watch around the entire nation.

People are going to keep on watching the Super Bowl champions. This is not only because of the great story behind the Saints, but also because the Saints are a fun team to watch. They have led the NFL in offense for the past two seasons, and their defense always makes big hits and plays.

Perhaps there is a new "America's Team." The "feel-good" Saints story sure has enthralled fans from all over the nation.