Football in San Diego Sells our Tourist Appeal to 55 Million TV Viewers


It’s been an amazing two weeks for San Diego football fans and our tourism industry.  Fifty-five million viewers tuned in to watch four of the nation’s best football games of the year, all played in our hometown of San Diego.

Aerial views of beautiful San Diego were broadcast into homes across the country repeatedly during each of the four games. Although we may have thought the weather was less than ideal, the announcers kindly reminded millions of football fans (and their travel dollars) that it doesn’t get much better than San Diego.

Not only did we have the opportunity to head over to Qualcomm Stadium to see four of the most highly anticipated football games this season or go crazy after seeing the Chargers pull off two great victories, our local economy will get a boost when many of the TV viewers make their vacation plans in the coming months. Considering our slow economy, the nationwide exposure and the #1 TV ratings we received were priceless.

So, the next time friends and family in other parts of the country call you after seeing San Diego football on TV and they ask you “what else is there to do in San Diego other than enjoy the great weather and visit the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld”, send them to The Best Places In San Diego.

Here are the statistics as tracked by the Nielsen Ratings and reported by the web site TV by the Numbers.

14.8 Million Viewers watched San Diego Chargers beat the Denver Broncos. The #1 rated TV program for the week ending December 28th.

A whopping 27.8 million viewers watched the San Diego Chargers beat the Indianapolis Colts. The #1 rated TV program for the week ending January 4th.

The #1 cable program for the week ending January 4th was the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium when Oregon upset Oklahoma State in front of 6.2 million TV viewers.

An additional 5 million viewers watched the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl when Texas Christain beat Boise State in the 7th highest rated TV program broadcast on cable for the week ending December 28th.

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