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Low hopes for World Series ratings

Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:34 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Game 6 of the NLCS was tuned in by fewer people than the season premiere of the Walking Dead on AMC. It could have been the fact that the game was on TBS or that it was decided pretty quickly as Shaun Marcum gave up four first-inning runs, but either way it's not a good omen for the World Series ratings.

Another bad sign for the World Series ratings is that it's the Rangers and Cardinals playing -- neither of which really back in the viewers like the Yankees or Red Sox. Here's a look at the ratings for the last 10 World Series from our buddy David Fung.


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Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:00 pm

Low hopes for World Series ratings

whatever, true baseball fans will be watching the world series. thats all that matters. nowadays, people get caught up in doing different things, but i will always resort back to my sports for the number 1 entertainment

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:59 pm

Low hopes for World Series ratings

Really? Wow non of these teams are my team but I love baseball and I can't wait. I think with the way both of these teams can hit it's going to be a really fun series to watch.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:57 pm

Low hopes for World Series ratings

You can't even out the leagues and eliminate interleague play unless everyday will be an off day for 2 teams.  If not, you'll have 15 teams in each league playing on a given night, which necessitates IL play.  Or they could contract the league but that will never happen.  I think evening out the leagues needs to happen though, as you said, and they need to address how to do this without requiring constant IL play.  IL play woiuld be cool if they actually rotated the matchups, but I don't need to watch the Tigers play the Pirates, Dbacks, Dodgers, and Mets every year like it seems like I have been the last few years.  

As for the pitcher batting, I'd argue that sometimes it makes for less strategy.  Example, no one on, 2 outs, 7th place hitter up.  Let's say it's an NL game.  That batter hits a double.  What happens next?  The 8th place hitter is intentionally walked so that they can get the pitcher out and end the inning.  In the AL, there could still be some interesting baseball ahead, because they are going to actually pitch to the 8th place hitter.  While it is awesome when a pitcher actually does get a big hit, the vast majority of the time, it's just a waste of an at bat.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:54 pm

Low hopes for World Series ratings

who cares? true baseball fans will tune in and watch. those are your loyal customers.

yes bud selig has ruined baseball tradition and history for money. interleague play, moving astros to aonther league, expanding an already good playoff format? yes all in the name of tv money. go away bud selig.

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:49 pm

Low hopes for World Series ratings

It seems that the World Series has had a lot more intrigue when there was no interleague play except for the World Series. Bud Selig has ruined baseball for me. Items that need to be addressed: Even out the leagues, put a salary cap on teams, ditch the DH (I know many of you like it and it does produce more offense - but it has eliminated the double switch/strategy and the excitement when a pitcher can get a key hit), eliminate interleague play or at least make it equal for teams in a division, shorten the season (baseball is not meant to be viewed with winter coats on), and get a new commisioner.
I may catch an inning or two but can't stand McCarver nor Buck nor Brennaman. Besides, football is not just for weekends anymore thanks to ESPN.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:40 pm

Low hopes for World Series ratings

Awww, booooohoooooo!  The Rangers and Cardinals don't draw the viewers like the Yankees and Red Sox?  Sucks for FOX, but good for most everyone outside of those cities who'd prefer to see small market teams that actually have to build their teams, and not just buy them.  Of course I wish my Tigers had made it, but I'll still be watching and look forward to a good matchup.  Here's another thing, maybe the ratings would be a bit higher if FOX didn't put 2 complete morons on the mic for the games.  You have Joe Buck, who couldn't sound less knowledgeable or interested, and Tim McCarver, the king of the obvious statement.  "Rangers are down 3 here in the 9th to the Tigers, if 2 men get on, that means they bring the tying run to the plate" (Game 3).  Really?!  And then 5 minutes of silence.  Yeah, maybe FOX should look at that if they're so upset about their ratings.

Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:38 pm

Low hopes for World Series ratings

I've made this comment elsewhere....but this is circular logic.  The Rangers were the defending AL Champs....yet how many times did we see them on the national game on TBS or Fox this year when they weren't playing the Red Sox or Yankees?  Hardly any....instead I kept seeing Mets games.  Seriously?!  During the playoffs...look how many of their games were day games, not counting the make up game from the rainout.  I think it was 3 out of 4 TB games.....and any time the NLCS was on the same day, the Rangers game was on at 4pm. 

When MLB chooses to only show and promote games involving the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Mets, or Dodgers.......they shouldn't be surprised when casual fans don't show up for the Rangers.  MLB CHOSE to not promote the Rangers as much as those other teams.  It's basic advertising principles.

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:38 pm

Low hopes for World Series ratings

Even if baseball was only on ESPN 8 "The Ocho", it would not change a thing for me. Lets face it. Baseball is no longer America's pastime. And it does not have to be. There will always be a place for it.

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:38 pm

Low hopes for World Series ratings

who cares about the ratings, what are we suppose to do, just let it be a yankee versus whoever world series to satisfy the networks, just stupid, my 2 all time fav teams are playin and its gonna be great, and of course no yankees are gonna watch it, makes it even better, like i said who cares

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:22 pm

Low hopes for World Series ratings

I with you Ny Hater. the true fans will be watching. i happen to be a longtime Cardinals fan So I will definitely be watching. But i have watched most other World Series' because I am a fan of the game. it beats watching all of the "Other Crap" that is on TV.   

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