Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


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Vikings are big draw even in big loss

Posted by: under Vikings, Bears, Football on TV, Packers, Brett Favre Updated: December 7, 2009 - 11:39 AM

The Vikings' 30-17 loss at Arizona on Sunday night might have been rather ugly, but that didn't stop many in the Twin Cities from watching the game.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul market generated a 46.1 rating and 63 share for NBC affiliate KARE (Ch. 11), putting the Twin Cities atop the metered markets that are used to compile overnight ratings. Phoenix had a 31.7 rating and 46 share and Milwaukee had a 23.8 rating and 35 share to finish No. 3. That rating might have had something to do with the fact a few Packers fans wanted to see how Brett Favre is doing these days.

Overall, the game fired a 13.7 overnight rating and 21 share, making it the fourth-highest overnight rating of the season for a Sunday night contest on NBC. The rating is up 23 percent from last year's Week 13 game in which the VIkings defeated the Chicago Bears, 34-14.

According to a news release from NBC, its prime-time game was the No. 1 broadcast on Sunday night for the 11th time in 12 weeks. The game beat several programs and out-rated "Desperate Housewives" on ABC by 71 percent.

 

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