- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL opener between the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers was the second-highest rated season kickoff game.

The Packers’ 42-34 victory drew a 16.0 and a 26 share Thursday night. That also was the second best prime-time rating in 13 years, since a 16.2/28 for a Dallas-Minnesota game in 1999.

Last year’s kickoff game between the Vikings and Saints got a 17.7 rating and 27 share.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

It was estimated that more than 27 million people watched Thursday night’s game.

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