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One last post for today, then I'll leave you alone while you get ready for the fall-season-ending "Sectionals" episode of "Glee."

Not surprisingly, the Saints have been attracting huge audiences in New Orleans during their 12-0 start, but some of the numbers have been truly astounding.

The Big Easy is averaging a league-best 49.4 percent of area homes for Saints games this season, well ahead of the 46.0 average for Steelers games in Pittsburgh - last season's local ratings champ.

The Saints have had their three highest local ratings ever this season - 53.1 for for the Redskins game, 63.8 for the Falcons and 66.7 for the Patriots.

Those "ratings" numbers are percentages for all homes in the market, whether or not the TV is on.

The "share" for the Patriots-Saints game, which measures the percentage of TVs actually in use in New Orleans that night that were watching football, was 84.

Perspective: In New York, you could schedule a doubleheader featuring the Jets against the Giants in the Super Bowl and the Mets against Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series and you would not come close that number.

That's all for now. Going to look for a saw to start working on the large tree that fell down in my back yard this morning. Sigh.

Photo: AP

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