Not the most watched, but still a hit here

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Well, the Nielsen ratings are out for the debut of ABC's "My Kind of Town" and despite the strong lead-in by "Extreme Home Makeover," viewing waned across America on Sunday night.

Or did it?

According to the ratings, 7.9 million people now know that Alabama has a city named Greenville.

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For one hour, 7.9 million viewers tuned in to watch residents from our fair city have a great time and win a few prizes.

As Mayor Dexter McLendon and Economic Director Ricky McLaney have said, you can't pay for the type of advertising that this show did for our happy village.

It was not a night where people made fun of the way we talk or live.

It was a night for people from New York City to Honolulu to learn about Greenville.

We can only hope that some of those people will do a little research and find out more about Greenville and maybe learn about our past and what we have planned for the future.

And who can say what type of revenue this will open up for us in the coming weeks.

One way to test the waters is to go to an Internet search engine and type in "Greenville, Ala." and watch just how many pages will pop up.

We have much to be proud of in our hometown, and one of those things is the people who live and work here every day.

We applaud the 200 for taking part in this great adventure, and we thank ABC and 7.9 million American citizens for thinking Greenville is "My Kind of Town."