Who’s watching the NFL Playoffs more: Houston or San Antonio?

Sad news local Houston sports fans. That’s including you Texans fans! We’re being out represented by San Antonio and Dallas in Texas. The Houston Chronicle reported that Houston is lagging behind the rest of the nation in viewers and ratings for the NFL Playoffs, programming that PULLS IN the ratings. The ratings accounted for are composed by the Nielsen ratings which determine the audience size and composition of television programming through measuring area demographics by the changing of channels, turning off of TVs, recording of shows through devices like TiVo, and other extensive surveys (Wikipedia).

Furthermore, the Cowboys-Giants game generated a 30.8 Nielson rating in San Antonio while Houston only pulled in a 24.0 rating. To measure how poor the Houston ratings were we can look at Dallas-Fort Worth region’s 46.5 rating. The other evening game, the Jags-Pats, registered a 20.2 rating while the afternoon games, Hawks-Packers (18.5) and Bolts-Colts (21.2), were also low.

Since I addressed Houston sports fans, I’ll give you two more examples. First, Houston’s overtime victory over Orlando in Game 1 of the NBA Finals generated a 14.7 rating nationwide. We all know America is jealous of Texas and to further prove my point, the national ratings in 1981 for the Rockets-Celtics finals only registered a 6.7 rating. To avoid skepticism, one must measure the new ways of collecting more ratings and the increasing sales of televisions since 1981. But what about the 2007 Finals between the Spurs-Cavs? It only generated a 6.2 rating. Secondly, more bad news Houston. Wednesdays in Houston, ABC’s “Private Practice” averaged an 8.8 rating in November 2007.

In other words, Houston needs to improve their ratings before the rest of the nation takes Houston to a national level. When will we see the Texans on Sunday or Monday Night? When you start appreciating the NFL. Don’t waste your electricity to prove my point, but rather watch and enjoy Houston!


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