Bills fans keep watchful eye on their team

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

At a time when Buffalo Bills fans are getting a bum rap nationally, the NFL offers a rundown of TV ratings for Week 2 to remind us how crazy they are about their team.

The Buffalo market ranked fifth in the country with a 33.5 rating and 57 share for the Bills' victory overt the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A rating measures percentage of households watching. A share represents the percentage of television sets that are on.

Buffalo was the second-best local market for a home game behind only the Dallas-Fort Worth area (41.7 rating, 61 share), which was enraptured by the first regular-season game in Jerry Jones new $1.2 billion dollar stadium.

The only other markets that watched their team more intently than Buffalo were Pittsburgh (45.5 rating, 71 share), New Orleans (40.8 rating, 59 share) and Kansas City (34.4 rating, 64 share) -- all road teams Sunday.

Maybe that's why it was so easy for that cat burglar to break into Bills safety Donte Whitner's house and reportedly steal $400,000 worth of jewelry. Nobody noticed because they were entranced by their televisions.

What was Boston distracted by during Sunday's megashowdown between the New England Patriots and New York Jets?

The Boston market ranked 17th with a 24.6 rating and a 59 share.

The NFL didn't release how interested New York was in the big game, but it was behind the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, which drew a 19.3 rating and a 31 share. That was 21st among NFL markets.

Ratings for cable stations are like comparing apples and mangoes, so we can't associate how attentive South Floridians were for Monday night's game between their Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts.

But the game drew 14.7 million viewers, the largest cable audience of the year.