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Friday, November 09, 2018

MLB faces offseason challenges

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball heads into the offseason with no shortage of issues to address, most pressingly the drop in stadium attendance and TV ratings, a trend toward longer games and a dearth of star power in its ranks.

Easy answers, however, may prove hard to come by.

Average attendance for regular season games in 2018 fell four percent from the previous year to 28,830 per game, according to MLB, while the total number of fans who showed up at the ballpark fell below 70 million for the first time since 2003.

*checks outside, to see if the sky is, indeed, falling*

QLE Posted: November 09, 2018 at 07:55 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, doom and gloom, pace of play, ratings, stars

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ratings for Red Sox-Dodgers World Series down 23 percent from 2017

A World Series featuring the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers was expected to pull in major ratings numbers for Fox, but it didn’t turn out that way.

According to Variety, an average of 14.3 million viewers watched over five World Series games, a 23 percent drop from the 18.7 million that watched the 2017 World Series. And 2018’s numbers are a staggering 38 percent decrease from the 2016 World Series, which averaged 22.9 million viewers and was the most watched since series 2005. Out of every World Series since 2010, the 2018 iteration was the fourth-least watched.

Game 5 was by far the biggest ratings-getter of any World Series game this year. None of the first four games averaged more than 13.8 million viewers, while Game 5 averaged 17.6 million. Those numbers don’t include viewership from Fox Deportes and Fox’s streaming platforms, and when those numbers are added, Game 5 viewership comes in at 18.5 million. That handily beat NBC’s Sunday Night Football, but it pales in comparison to 2017’s final game (which, to be fair, was a Game 7 and not a Game 5), which pulled in over 28 million viewers.

So, any theories as for why this was the case?

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings, world series

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Red Sox-Yankees provide ratings boost for TBS

A few brief comments concerning television ratings for the ALDS- some of which better explain the logic of the programmers, and one detail that I find truly depressing.

QLE Posted: October 11, 2018 at 12:04 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, ratings, tbs

 

 

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