Zero point zero. That level of futility was once brought to us by Mr. Blutarsky. To wit:
The illustrious future Senator was joined Sunday in the 0.0 club by the Houston Astros.
According to Nielson ratings, the Astros-Indians game drew a rating of 0.0 in the greater Houston area. That means that out of the 2.28 million TV households in the Houston area, an estimated zero were tuned into the Astros game.
Now, let's be clear: This isn't specifically saying that zero people in Houston watched the game. That isn't measured. The Houston Chronicle explains:
There are a couple of asterisks involved here, of course. For one thing, Nielsen persists with the statistically supportable but still head-shaking concept that it can measure what millions of television viewers are watching by monitoring the behavior of hundreds.
On Sunday, for example, Nielsen had reports from 581 meters in Greater Houston. In any given quarter-hour between noon and 3 p.m. Sunday, anywhere from 47.6 to 52.6 percent of those meters (roughly 270 to 300) were in use by viewers watching television.
But none of them – not a single, solitary Nielsen household – tuned in to watch the Astros lose to the Indians for their ninth consecutive loss and their 105th defeat of the year.
Given that the Houston Texans were playing at the same time as the 51-105 Astros, it was a pretty great shot that very, very few people in the Houston area were watching the Astros' 9th straight loss. While it probably wasn't exactly zero, that's the rating the Houston area drew.
In fairness, we need to point out that Astros games are carried locally on CSN Houston, which is only available in about 40 percent of area households, as it's not carried on DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T Uverse, Time Warner or Suddenlink Communications.
Still, 0.0 is laughable.