The Ratings Game: Ratings Up For MLB on FOX Through Two Weeks


Recent sports TV ratings news, including MLB on FOX, Stanley Cup Playoffs on Versus, and local ratings for the Timbers in Portland.

  • FOX earned a 2.6 final rating and 3.891 million viewers for regional MLB action featuring Yankees/Red Sox April 9, up 8% in ratings and 5% in viewership from the network’s second telecast last year (NYM/STL*: 2.4, 3.707M). One week earlier, regional action featuring Tigers/Yankees drew a 2.0 and 3.157 million, up 25% and 31%, respectively, from last year (NYY/TB*: 1.6, 2.412M). (Media Life Magazine 1, 2)
  • Sunday’s Canucks/Blackhawks Game 3 earned a 0.4 U.S. rating and 689,000 viewers on Versus. Meanwhile, Flyers/Sabres Game 3 on Monday night drew a 0.4 and 572,000. (Son of the Bronx 1, 2)
  • Last Thursday’s Fire/Timbers MLS telecast on ESPN2 drew a 2.8 rating in the Portland market. Portland turned in the highest local rating for the match, which was the home opener for the expansion Timbers franchise. (

Asterisk (*) indicates featured game of regional telecast.

  • Vidaufan

    Great numbers for MLS

  • Kevin

    I’m glad the NHL is getting rid of the Local coverage for Playoff games. It makes the numbers look a lot worse then they are. Starting with the second round this year, all the games will be aired on Versus, NBC or another NBC channel.. No more RSN’s. And next year, no more RSN’s all together which will help the ratings.

    Because the Local ratings this year have been great for the playoffs. Bruins had a 10.7 the other night, averaging over an 8. Penguins and Sabres both averaging over a 16. Caps peaked @ 9.7 last night for Game 4. Not going to mention all the teams but the local numbers are great and when they are factored into the full numbers next year. they’ll be a lot better..

    • Anonymous

      Having all national telecasts for the NHL playoffs is great on paper but lousy in practice. Cablevision carries Versus only as part of a “sports pack”; Time Warner Cable does the same thing if I’m not mistaken. Comcast has Versus on expanded basic as the company is a part owner of the channel.

  • Anonymous


    Any news about Saturday, April 23 Fox Saturday Baseball TV ratings and about how MLB’s Game of the Week is performing to date compared to last year?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Paulsen

      I haven’t seen any sports TV ratings on broadcast from the weekend of April 22-23. I’ll try to post the April 29-30 numbers sometime this week.