UnitedHealthcare Health insurance that includes all Western PA hospitals
Friday May 6 2016
Leave this field empty.

The Numbers Game

PSR Logo
There’s nothing new about this time of year - we’re getting out the madness of winter as we march toward another form of madness. Then we turn our attention to April, pretty much talking and acting like summer is already here as we look to flee the ache that typically accompanies our winter.

We also hear about all kinds of numbers this time of year: Falling temps, raising temps. The growing number of potholes and phone numbers available for you to call reporting potholes the size of mobile homes. The over/under on how many games the Pirates will win. The number of games remaining before the NHL season begins. And, of course, the spot where the Steelers pick in the draft.

There are many March Madness numbers you also can’t avoid - what seed Pitt will receive, how many Big East teams will get in and the number of games Pitt will win, or which numbers you “need to have” in order to win your NCAA pool.  Anything to do with March Madness numbers could easily fill the rest of this space.

But what about the Madness television ratings – what about those?

The ratings went through the roof this year. Not just bumps overall compared to 2010, but also gains within specific key demographics, largely 18-54 year old men.

So what produced these numbers?

One major reason being offered is the new four-headed network monster of CBS, TBS, TNT and Tru TV, compared to last year’s CBS. After sifting through the predictable “I don’t know what Tru TV is or if I have it” questions, somebody sure found the answers, even if Pitt wasn’t playing. Again, the numbers speak for themselves, but it seemed like fans liked being able to “play producer” as CBS reminded us of early in the tournament, finding games they wanted, when they wanted.

No question, having all the games on all the time was keen.

Speaking of games, they may have had something to do with it, huh? Face it, there are better seasons of March Madness than others. For most of us, it’s simply better when David beats—or at least has a shot against—Goliath. That was more than the case this year. As a matter of fact, by the second weekend, a rare night of blowouts was considered unusual, as if the games weren’t living up to their end of the bargain. That’s how quickly fans had become accustomed to games going down to the wire.

Regardless, it was special this year and while that doesn’t happen without the teams, even if there indeed were too many Big East entries, give credit to television too. It gave fans what they wanted and largely got out of the way.

Maybe there’s even a lesson or two there, just maybe.

Share
It's probably appropriate that Ayanna Townsend earned the CoGo's High School Sports Unsung Hero Award as a sophomore.
Feature OneHigh SchoolPress RoomTop Story
After an eventful offseason, the Pirates went to Bradenton last month to get ready for the 2016 season. Did Neal Huntington assemble a team that can compete with the Cubs and Cardinals, or did the Bucs take a step backwards?
Feature TwoNorth Shore Notes
Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle met with the media at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings before the opening of Spring Training.
Feature ThreeNorth Shore Notes
The Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series over the New York Mets – but who “won” the offseason that followed?
Feature FourNorth Shore Notes
PSR VIDEO
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 1 Steelers TV Channel
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 2Xfinity HS FootballHigh School TV Channel
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 3PSR Video PiratesPirates TV Channel
Spring has arrived. The long cold winter is behind us, and so too are the grueling mid-season months that set up the NHL for its stretch run. Here are the teams that have emerged from the marathon and are well-positioned to make their bids for Lord Stanley.
Blue LineCustom 1
The NHL Playoffs are quickly approaching, and the Penguins are battling a spot at the Eastern Conference table. Here are three reasons why they will make a playoff run, and three reasons why they won’t.
Blue LineCustom 2
Whenever a hockey team changes coaches mid-season, it’s fair to look at the season in two parts. The beginning of the 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins campaign was the end of the Mike Johnston era and the remainder marked the beginning of Mike Sullivan’s tenure as head coach.
Blue LineCustom 3
Sure, making the playoffs would be nice, but is it really in the Penguins’ best interests?
Blue LineCustom 4