Monday, October 06, 2008
When looking at the teams and matchups in this year's Playoffs, I really thought the ratings were going to be pretty good. Well that's definitely not the case and as of Saturday they were down quite a bit. From TV by the Numbers via Sports Media Watch....
Game 1 of each series was down compared to the comparable game last year. The Dodgers/Cubs opener Wednesday evening drew 5.4 million viewers, off 2% from the 5.5 million viewers Angels/Red Sox Game 1 drew in the comparable timeslot in '07.Obviously not having the Yankees involved hurts, but I didn't think it would make things this tough. However, the Dodgers-Phillies matchup should bring much higher ratings in the NLCS compared to last year's Rockies-D'Backs Series. There are also two game fours tonight, and I'll be giving you an updated schedule in a few.
This year's Red Sox/Angels series drew 4.4 million viewers for Game 1 Wednesday night, down 14% from the 5.1 million viewers the comparable Cubs/Diamondbacks game drew last year.
Brewers/Phillies Game 1 finished with 2.8 million viewers on Wednesday afternoon, off 13% from 3.2 million for Rockies/Phillies last year. Finally, White Sox/Rays Game 1 drew 2.6 million on Thursday afternoon, down 21% from the 3.3 million for the game in the comparable timeslot last year, Rockies/Phillies Game 2.
Viewership for 2008 MLB postseason:
2.8 mil: Brewers/Phillies Game 1 (Wed., 10/1, 3 PM TBS); down 13% from COL/PHI in '07.
5.4 mil: Dodgers/Cubs Game 1 (Wed., 10/1, 6:30 PM TBS); down 2% from LAAofA/BOS in '07.
4.4 mil: Red Sox/Angels Game 1 (Wed., 10/1, 10 PM TBS); down 14% from CHI/ARZ in '07.
2.6 mil: White Sox/Rays Game 1 (Thu., 10/2, 2:30 PM TBS); down 21% from COL/PHI in '07.
Dodgers vs. Cubs Biggest Draw Among Game 1 of Division Series Playoffs (TV By The Numbers)
MLB ratings down (Sports Media Watch)