TV Ratings: MLB Games Set Records in Detroit, Cincinnati (Also: Tuesday’s NBA Games on ESPN)


Major League Baseball games set ratings records in both Detroit and Cincinnati during the first week of the season. Meanwhile, NBA ratings and viewership remain slightly above last year on ESPN.

  • MLB on FOX Opener Sets Ratings Record in Detroit: Saturday’s Red Sox/Tigers Major League Baseball game, one of four regional telecasts on FOX, drew a 14.0 rating on Detroit FOX affiliate WJBK — the highest rating ever for an MLB telecast on FOX in the market. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
  • Reds Set Record on Opening Day: Last Thursday’s Marlins/Reds Major League Baseball game drew a 21.25 combined rating in the Cincinnati market on Fox Sports Ohio and CBS affiliate WKRC, the highest rating ever for a Reds season opener. The previous Opening Day record was a 17.2 for Brewers/Reds in 2000. (
  • ESPN’s NBA Numbers Still Up: Tuesday’s Knicks/Bulls NBA regular season game earned a 1.9 U.S. rating and 2.834 million viewers on ESPN. Earlier in the night, Celtics/Heat scored a 1.7 and 2.405 million. So far during this lockout-shortened season, ESPN has seen gains of approximately 3% in ratings and viewership for NBA coverage. (ESPN)