This wasn’t at all I surprise to me, as I predicted this one coming a long ways away.
Sunday Ngiht Football featuring the past two Superbowl champs Steelers at Saints produced a 11.8 rating (meaning 11.8% of TV households) vs. a 10.4 rating for the Giants at Rangers game 4.
It was not only the past two Superbowl champs, it was two of the league most famous (and infamous) quarterbacks. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Drew Brees. Brees and Sean Payton’s genius were at work against the NFL’s best defense beating the Steelers 20-10.
The Rangers and Giants have a bunch fo great stories going for them in this World Series, but the problem is no one could care less about either teams’ stories. It wasn’t Lee vs. Lincecum, it was 21 year old Bumgarner vs. Tommy Hunter (who?). Neither of these teams are east coast teams, which draw the highest ratings.
The Rangers just went bankrupt because no one cared about them. And the Giants are only popular in the bay area in California, where they are wildly popular. Once the false aura surrounding the world series faded away, not a lot of people wanted to watch.
Another loss for the MLB. All they can really do is hope and pray that both the NFL and NBA are simultaneously locked out next year in an effort to screw over players and make the rich(er) richer.
Tuesday night’s MLB all-star game garnered the lowest EVER ratings for an MLB all-star game, EVER. The all-star game got a 7.5 rating and a 13 share. That’s down 16% from last year (8.9/15) and down from the previous low of 8.1/14 in 2005.
So who cares? Well, no one, really. That’s the whole point. No one cares about baseball, and even the self-proclaimed “best all star game” isn’t drawing the same fans as years past. Even though baseball is the only sport in the summer it still cant get fans to turn on the TV’s. Back in 1967, when Nielsen first started their TV ratings baseball garnered a 25.6 rating.
In comparison to sports going on in the summer, “The Decision” by Lebron James and his posse got a 9.9 rating (raising 3 million for charity) last Thursday.
So why didn’t anyone watch the all-star game? This should be easy: Continue reading →