FS1 Earns Low Overnights For MLB Debut

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Facing the Final Four, the debut of Major League Baseball on Fox Sports 1 earned very low numbers over the weekend.

Saturday’s Twins/Indians Major League Baseball game, the first ever regular season MLB telecast on Fox Sports 1, earned a 0.3 overnight rating. Giants/Dodgers later in the day, which faced competition from the Final Four on TBS, TNT and TruTV, earned a 0.4 overnight.

By comparison, last year’s MLB opener on the FOX broadcast network earned a 2.3 overnight. Last year’s lowest MLB on FOX overnight was a 1.2.

For some perspective, Saturday’s MLB doubleheader on Fox Sports 1 earned numbers on par with NBCSN’s English Premier League coverage. The network’s Manchester United/Newcastle match earned a 0.4 overnight at 10:00 AM ET, and Southampton/Manchester City scored a 0.2 at 7:45.

(Sat. overnights from Sports Business Daily, additional info from ShowBuzz Daily)

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  • Dale Moog

    that is shocking I hope the numbers were better tonight, but doubt they will be Yankees Red Sox on Sat might save them we shall see

  • Matt Sarzyniak

    One item to keep in mind re: Giants-Dodgers is that it was not exclusive. Both SportsNet LA and CSN Bay Area carried the game, presumably coexisting with FS1. Granted most of LAD’s territory doesn’t receive SNLA and should have been tuning in to FS1 to watch, but there was another option for the game.

    Indians-Twins I’m 99% sure was exclusive to FS1.