TV Ratings Up in Notre Dame Opener


By:  Nick Shepkowski
Twitter - @Shep670

There were a lot of different heads peeking in to NBC on Saturday to see the new look Fighting Irish being led by Brian Kelly.

Compared to the 2009 opener vs. Nevada, Saturday's opener against Purdue was up 77% in viewership, drawing a 2.3 overnight rating and a 6 share.

Last years Nevada game earned a 1.3 rating and 3 share.

This is usually where someone asks "what the hell does that mean?" so I'll go ahead and answer, this from the Tribune News Services:

"Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned
into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs
in use at the time. Overnight ratings measure the country's largest

There are a number of factors that play into this, one being the fact a BCS Conference school in Purdue was the opponent instead of Nevada and another being the start of the Brian Kelly Era in South Bend. 

Whatever the case I can promise you that after Michigan's 30-10 drubbing of Connecticut this past Saturday, NBC is thrilled to have 1-0 ND and Michigan teams to showcase in a time-slot that has to compete with the highly anticipated Ohio State/Miami game this coming weekend.
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