Spurs’ win nets area-best ratings

By Jerry Garcia, jgarcia@express-news.net

The Spurs not only pulled off a win over Memphis on Monday. They also beat local programming to be the area’s top-rated show of the night.

Overnight Nielsen ratings released Tuesday say the Spurs’ 95-82 win over the Grizzlies on Fox Sports Net Southwest nabbed an 8.8 rating and a 14 share.

San Antonio has 880,690 homes counted by Nielsen, making the city the 36th-largest media market in the U.S. A ratings point represents 1 percent of the market’s universe. The share marks the percentage of homes or people with sets tuned into a specific program.

An estimated 77,500 homes watched the telecast, with 14 percent of area TV viewers looking at the Spurs game at any point during the 2½-hour telecast.

Viewership peaked in the fourth quarter with a 10.5 rating and 17 share.

The game had higher ratings than “Monday Night Football” between the Falcons and Saints, and “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” special.

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