The Baseball Post Season Ratings So Far? BUSTED!
Thus from the LA Times Calender...today....Tuesday October 17.......
***Postseason TV ratings plummet, thanks in part to rain and short series. Selig insists it's all good.***
By Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
The television ratings for postseason baseball on Fox appear to be dropping faster than a Tom Glavine sinker.
The five first-round games televised by the network averaged a 4.9 rating, down from last year's 6.6.
Game 2 of the National League Championship Series between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night couldn't beat an old game show. Or even a new one.
Game 4 Sunday night came in No. 4, well behind the front-runner, "Desperate Housewives."
Commissioner Bud Selig, who keeps a close eye on baseball's ratings, doesn't feel desperate, though.
"Under the circumstances, we're pleased with the overall ratings," he said Monday.
Peter here. With an imagined conversation with the man himself....... "Mr. Commisioner, I'm sorry to wake you. But please, as your Press Secretary, may I make a suggestion? Please sir, in the future try not to fall asleep while you are being quoted in the print media. Or ANY media. Anywhere or anytime you are in the public eye. And especially when you are actually GIVING a quote to a reporter. Thank you very much. We'll spin this quote so that it works FOR us. No problem."
Peter here, as me...I think. And these ratings are even worse because there is a major market team in the mix. We'll see if as we get further along and closer to the World Series, the ratings don't pop up. But for now? Not a great return for all those Fox dollars. To say the least.