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Fans tune in to watch Saints' win, Payton's return

The Nielsen Company says Sunday's game averaged a 75 share of the television audience in the New Orleans market.

No doubt the The Who Dat Nation was all in, desperate, in fact, to welcome coach Sean Payton back to the sidelines after his season-long Bounty Suspension.


Sunday's season opener featuring the Saints versus the Atlanta Falcons on Fox scored ratings that rival Super Bowl numbers.


The Nielsen Company says Sunday's game averaged a 75 share of the television audience in the New Orleans market. Nationally, last February's Super Bowl averaged a 71 share.