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Monday, July 17, 2017

Despite largest first half ratings drop, Royals still lead MLB in average local rating

But according to John Ourand and David Broughton of the Sports Business Journal, the sport’s local ratings have not been great this season. Per SBD, 18 of the 29 U.S.-based MLB teams have seen ratings fall, with the defending champion Chicago Cubs the most surprising of the laggards.

With a drop of 37%, the Royals have the largest negative ratings change of any team in baseball this season, though they still possess the highest local rating at 7.69. The White Sox, Marlins, Giants, and Pirates have also seen drops of at least 25% this season.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Yankees—thanks to an exciting and successful young team—have seen ratings rise by 54% on YES Network. The Braves have also seen their local ratings jump by an impressive 50% this season….

The news isn’t all bad for baseball, though. According to SBJ, games on Fox and FS1 were up 3 percent through the All-Star Break, while games on ESPN were up 9 percent.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 17, 2017 at 04:54 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ratings: MLB All-Star Game Ticks Up

Fox’s coverage of the MLB All-Star Game drew 8.6 million total viewers and a 2.2 demo rating during primetime, ticking up from last year’s fast nationals (8 mil/2.0). The year-ago contest went on to tally 8.7 mil and a 2.2 in the finals.
Over on NBC aka the only other broadcast-TV game in town, America’s Got Talent (12.3 mil/2.4) dipped a tenth week-to-week but led the night in both measures. World of Dance (7.2 mil/1.7) also ticked down.

Here are historical All-Star Game ratings

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2017 at 12:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

In ratings, buzz, attendance and baseball, the 2017 World Baseball Classic was a huge success

Twenty-four hours later, the U.S. was in the final, facing an undefeated and deeply enjoyable Puerto Rico team. The game wasn’t nearly as close as on Tuesday—Team USA won 8-0—but Marcus Stroman’s six-inning no hitter gave Americans reason to pay attention, and it’s safe to assume the ratings were even better. (UPDATE: MLB Network announced that 2.3 million people watched the final, making it the second most viewed telecast in the network’s history.)

Those two near-perfect nights capped a World Baseball Classic that must be considered a rousing success for MLB Network and for Major League Baseball. We don’t yet have full ratings data, but what we do have suggests viewership sky-rocketed from the previous WBC in 2013. That year, the most watched game attracted 883,000 viewers, about 40 percent below what Tuesday’s USA-Japan semifinal drew. And according to Sports Media Watch, Monday’s semifinal between Puerto Rico and the Netherlands was up 34 percent from the comparable semifinal in 2013, between Puerto Rico and Japan.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2017 at 02:56 PM | 11 comment(s)
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