Bucs Much More Popular Than RaysOctober 12th, 2010
Joe’s glad good guy Tom Jones of the St. Pete Times isn’t his accountant.
Jones, who pens an enjoyable Two Cents column, secured the TV ratings of the head-to-head games played Sunday by the Bucs and Rays.
The Bucs ratings were 36 percent higher, per Jones’ figures, yet Jones tries to tell his readers the Rays are just as popular.
The Bucs-Bengals game on Fox earned a 15.1 rating, meaning 15.1 percent of Tampa Bay households with TVs were tuned in. That’s about 272,677 homes. The Rays-Rangers Game 4 drew an 11.1, or about 200,443 homes. But, two things to remember. It’s likely many viewers switched back and forth between the games, so both games would get credit in the same household. Secondly, TBS is a cable network, as opposed to Fox, so more people get Fox than TBS. That would help the Bucs game draw a larger audience. All in all, it could be considered just about a split viewership in Tampa Bay.”
Sorry, Tom. Your math is off. There’s no “split viewership” here.
While the Bucs game was on FOX-13, TBS is available in more than 85 percent of homes with television sets in the Tampa Bay television market, per ratings giant Neilsen.
There is no comparison between the popularity of the Bucs and Rays. The math doesn’t add up. The Bucs are far more popular.