There’s more people available to watch sports?
People can’t afford to attend games as much so they stay home?
Neilsen’s statistics are skewed and don’t really take into consideration that even more people are watching in bars, dorms and coin laundry facilities?
A study/piece of propoganda released by the Neislen people (linked here) seem to point out that 2008 was some kinda year for eyes on the TV screen.
It notes that, for example, the year had:
== The most-watched global event ever (2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, 4.7 billion)
== The most-watched Super Bowl ever (Giants-Patriots, Super Bowl XLII, 97.5 million)
== The most-watched cable broadcast of all time (Cowboys-Eagles, Monday Night
Football 18.6 million)
== The most-watched cable golf event of all time (Tiger Woods vs. Rocco Mediate, U.S.
Open playoff, 4.8 million)
== The most-watched cable baseball game ever (Red Sox-Rays, ALCS Game 7,
== The most-watched NBA Finals in five years (Celtics-Lakers, NBA Championship
Series, avg. 14.9 million)
== The most-watched NHL regular season game in nine years and Finals in five years
(Winter Classic, 2.5 million; Stanley Cup, Penguins-Red Wings, avg. 4.5 million)
== The most-watched Wimbledon Final in eight years (Federer-Nadal, 5.2 million)
And, on our end, the most-TiVo’d episodes of “Around the Horn” deleted before they were even viewed.
That, and $82, will pay next month’s cable bill.