SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The start of the Brian Kelly era attracted a large television audience for Notre Dame.
Saturday's preliminary rating was up 77 percent from last year's opener. NBC said Sunday that the Fighting Irish's 23-12 win over Purdue drew a 2.3 overnight rating and 6 share. It was up 15 percent from the last Notre Dame home game against Purdue in 2008.
The 2009 opener against Nevada earned a 1.3 rating and 3 share.
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 markets.
Brian Kelly hasn’t been comfortable naming a starting quarterback after the unexpected exit of Everett Golson, but Keith Arnold writes that Kelly has made a final decision and Tommy Rees will be the Irish starting quarterback, at least heading into fall camp.
Kelly: 'It's a great win'
Sept. 4, 2010: Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly talks on the field immediately following ND's 23-12 opening win over Purdue.
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