The Saints victory over Carolina Sunday was the team's highest-rated game of the season so far, according to overnight ratings.
The Panthers' game drew a 36.8 rating, which topped the 33.9 rating for the team's loss to New England last weekend and a 28.3 rating for the opening Monday night game. Of course, the Saints lost both of those games handily, while Sunday they won the game handily.
Those numbers came despite a large number of Saints fans who have called WWL-TV, and posted on our Facebook page, saying they are no longer watching the team's games.
While the Saints bucked the trend, most of the NFL's ratings were down Sunday from the same week a year ago. CBS' early games were up 11 percent. CBS' 3 p.m. games were down 1 percent, FOX's national 3 p.m. game was down 16 percent from a year ago, while NBC's Sunday night game was down 11 percent.
As for social media, the complaints to the WWL-TV page far outdistanced posts supporting the NFL players who protested.
The Saints Facebook page has lost close to 12,000 fans in the past week, but, that number only represents about one-quarter of one percent of its 4.1 million followers.