Is the Red Sox bandwagon getting boring?
For the first time since 2003, the Red Sox don't lead Major League Baseball in local television ratings.
The Sports Business Journal has the latest numbers , and the Red Sox have dropped to fifth, behind the Cardinals, Twins, Phillies and Reds. The bottom five of the ratings are the White Sox, Dodgers, Nationals, Angels and A's.
The Nationals aren't last in ratings for the first time since they moved to Washington in 2005. The Nationals are aided by the Stephen Strasburg effect -- the team has an average rating of 1.34, but jumps to 4.4 when Strasburg starts.
The Red Sox find themselves behind the Yankees and Rays, eight games out of first in the American League East.
The Cardinals are the new top team in ratings, and that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. St. Louis is the country's best baseball town and has its most loyal and educated baseball fans. The Cardinals are also third in average rating per radio broadcast, behind the Reds and Tigers.
Ratings of national games on Fox, ESPN and Turner are all about the same as last year.
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