Bucs Much More Popular Than Rays

October 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.

13 Responses to “Bucs Much More Popular Than Rays”

  1. pete I Says:

    No way a split, I love the Rays but live and breath the Bucs. Football is more popular than Baseball nationwide and certainly that’ true in Tampa too.

    I remember when the Bucs came to Tampa, when the only pro sports was the NASL Rowdies in the area, still have my original McDonalds “The Bucs are coming” bumper sticker.

    I know I flipped back and forth all game long. I lingered on which game had more critical situation going on.

    Go Rays! Go Bucs! Go Lightning!

  2. goodfellajay Says:

    well duh its the NFL vs MLB….Nfl is more Popular….99% of stort fans have TBS….post=FAIL

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  4. OAR Says:

    Well, it was a good weekend for those Tampa teams(Bucs, Rays, Lighting), since they all won. And, it only makes sense that the Bucs are the most popular, they have been in Tampa the longest. I, personally, perfer the Bucs as well.

  5. d-money Says:

    I’m first and foremost a Bucs fan with the Rays a VERY close second and then the Lightning.

    But this weekend I watched the Rays live and recorded the Bucs game. Its the playoffs for crying out loud.

    I totally forgot the lightning were playing. I’ll start watching them more closely when the Rays are done.

  6. Capt.Tim Says:

    I personally hope every bay area team wins. But really only watch the Bucs!

  7. jaytek74 Says:

    I love my Verizon FIOS DVR….NUFF SAID!!!

  8. JimBuc Says:

    I thought the Bucs sucked so much and Morris was so bad that nobody watched them? What happened? 🙂

  9. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    JimBuc – To be fair, Bucs ratings are not what they used to be. Ratings, unlike, ticket sales, are about winning and the public perception of the team.

  10. safety Says:

    I think the runner (Kinsler?) was out at first and I think that play at home was damn close.
    I’m such a homer…
    For me it’s Bucs, Magic, Rays, Lightning.

  11. Capt.Tim Says:

    Definately love the Magic! , but Bucs first!!!

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’m Bucs & Lightning. Sorry, but I hate baseball. It’s too slow and I hate foul balls, but I’m watching the Rays losing to the Rangers right now. Every time I watch them, they lose. I think I’ll turn it off to help them out. Sons of Anarchy is on, so that seems like a good alternative.

    I went to all of the Stanley Cup playoff and Championship games for the Lightning when they won. Game 7 over Calgary was the absolute bar none best sporting event I have ever been to. It was magic and such a blast. We had 15 tickets to each of the home games, and all of the women stayed home. What sucks is that NFL season ticket holders don’t get to buy their own seats for the Super Bowl when it is at their home turf. The sad thing is that some other schmoe gets to buy my seats, with my Personal Ass Crevice for $300 and then re-sell them for $2000 or more. Talk about a scam. The thing is that I wanted to go to the Game, and of course where my Bucs gear.

  13. BigMacAttack Says:

    wear not where. drink not drunk. not yet. haha.