For the second straight season, the Detroit Tigers led all Major League Baseball teams in local TV ratings at the All-Star Break.
Tigers games averaged a 9.13 rating on Fox Sports Detroit through Thursday, up 6% from last year (8.65), and the highest local rating for any team so far this season.
The Tigers finished last season as the highest rated team in baseball.
The Cardinals rank second among MLB teams through the All-Star Break, with an 8.27 average — down less than 1% from last year (8.32).
Rounding out the top five are the Reds (7.76, -8%), Red Sox (6.74, -9%) and Pirates (6.50). Of note, the Red Sox’ midseason ranks slightly ahead of the Bruins’ record-setting 6.3 for the lockout-shortened NHL season.
Some bright spots this season include the Royals (5.83), who have set multiple ratings records on Fox Sports Kansas City this season, and the Indians — whose 5.29 average on SportsTime Ohio marks a 10% improvement over last year.
Not all the news was good. In Texas, particularly, both the Rangers and Astros have had declines this season.
The Rangers’ 4.77 average so far this year marks a 23% drop from last year (6.17). Meanwhile, the Astros’ subterranean 0.43 average rating on Comcast SportsNet Houston both represents the lowest average rating in baseball and the sharpest drop from last season (-66%).
(Nielsen; Astros’ avg. from Sports Business Journal)