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Jets score mild upset over Giants in TV ratings tussle

The Jets Jason Trusnik (96) forces and recovers

The Jets Jason Trusnik (96) forces and recovers a fumble against Tennessee. (September 27, 2009) (Credit: Joe Rogate)

The Jets averaged 10.7 percent of homes in the New York market Sunday on CBS, 1.0 percent ahead of the Giants on Fox and tops among the five area teams that played more or less simultaneously.

The difference clearly was the Jets winning a back-and-forth tussle with the Titans while the usually more popular Giants crushed the Bucs in a snoozer.

The Yankees' ratings presumably were helped by a one-hour rain delay, which pushed their clincher against the Red Sox about an hour beyond the football games.

The vast majority of contestants in our contest to predict the ratings went with the chalk and picked the Giants first.

Only three had the Jets, and only two of those had the right order of the five games.

The winner: Ryan Y. of Dix Hills, who won the tiebreaker by predicting a 9.0 rating for the Jets. The other finalist had it at 16.0.

Ryan wins three interesting sports books: Mike Vaccaro's "The First Fall Classic," Brian Billick's "More than a Game" and "Sixty Feet, Six Inches," by Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson.

The official Nielsen numbers:

Jets - 10.72

Giants - 9.73

Yankees - 5.03

Mets - 1.31

Rangers - 0.23

Photo: Joe Rogate

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