Why Viewers Love TV Sports
January 22, 2007 11:58 PM
Yikes, you would think “24” counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer was just knocked off, given the stunned reaction of anyone today who lives in area codes 617 or 508, the stomping grounds of the Boston Patriots, who played against the Indianapolis Colts in what was the highest-rated TV show of the season. The Pats lost in a white-knuckler and every newspaper and TV outlet here showed the dejected face of Pats’ QB Tom Brady on page one. Well, true, he is a hunk.
Carried on CBS, the game drew a 28.1 overnight household rating and a 40 share, according to Nielsen. Newscasts reported today that at halftime, Boston fans left early to secure their airline reservations for the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 in Miami. Hope they got refundable tickets.
I, for one, don’t get the allure of televised sports events. Guess it’s an escape valve for many. I find football, in particular, tedious: Three yards forward, three yards back, flags on the field, blah, blah, blah.
But tomorrow we all can all watch President Bush hem and haw his way through his State of the Union Address. Can’t wait to see the TV camera angles, especially on the Republicans, who are starting to break ranks with their commander- in -chief. That, to me, will be far more engaging TV than last night’s Pats upset. But I don’t think the TV ratings will be as high as last night’s game. Will you be watching with me?