TV Ratings: MLB Hits Season-Low on FOX (Also: Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros)


Even with the defending World Series champions facing the highest profile team in the sport, baseball hit a season-low on FOX Saturday. In other news, the Pirates scored strong numbers on Root Sports over the weekend, while the Astros struck out with a 0.0 rating in Houston.

MLB Hits Season-Low 1.2 Overnight on FOX

  • Regional Major League Baseball action featuring Giants/Yankees earned a mere 1.2 overnight rating on FOX Saturday afternoon, down 14% from coverage featuring Dodgers/Reds last year (1.4), and down 29% from coverage featuring Red Sox/Rays in 2011 (1.7). The 1.2 overnight is the lowest of the season for MLB on FOX. (Overnight from Sports Business Daily)

Pirates Earn Strong Numbers Over the Weekend

  • Root Sports Pittsburgh averaged a 12.5 rating for the Pirates’ weekend series against the Reds, with the first two games ranking as the third and fourth-highest rated of the season. Through Sunday, the Pirates have averaged an 8.1 rating on Root Sports this season.

Astros Bottom Out in Houston

  • Sunday’s Astros/Indians game earned a 0.0 rating on Comcast SportsNet Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle, quite obviously the lowest rated Astros game on record in the market. Among the events to earn higher ratings in the market that day: the WNBA Playoffs on ESPN2 (0.3 for Sky/Fever and 0.2 for Lynx/Storm), Cardinals/Brewers on ESPN (0.1), Rangers/Royals on FS Southwest (0.05), and the American Le Mans Series on ESPN2 (0.04). The Texans game had a 23.0 rating. (Houston Chronicle)