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A sports-starved country tuned in big time for MLB’s first game last night between the Yankees and Nationals. ESPN drew 4 million viewers for the game, which makes it the most watched regular season baseball game since 2011. It was also the highest rated baseball game in the NY market since 2015. 

In comparison, last season’s ESPN opener between the Red Sox and Mariners drew 1.2 million viewers, so this was a 232% increase. 

ESPN’s second game between the Dodgers and Giants averaged 2.7 million viewers, which was the most watched ESPN late night baseball game EVER.  The west coast game ended at 1am eastern time with an 8-1 blowout score, but maintained a very impressive audience. 

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I listened to a good stretch while I was working, but didn't watch a pitch. It was nice to feel a bit more normal again like every other July in recent memory - but it still feels different.



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Seems like a low number all things considered.



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Franchise wrote: Seems like a low number all things considered.
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srossi wrote: Franchise wrote: Seems like a low number all things considered.
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The sports starved country has what over 320 million people and the best they can do is 4 million and 2.7? 



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Franchise wrote: srossi wrote: Franchise wrote: Seems like a low number all things considered.
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The sports starved country has what over 320 million people and the best they can do is 4 million and 2.7? 

I don’t know what year you think this is but people don’t watch TV anymore. We’ve talked about this with wrestling a lot. If you crack 10 million, you’re the most successful show on network TV. Cable is rarely sniffing that. This is huge for MLB and doesn’t take into account all the streaming options, paid and legal as well as illegal.  Many diehard baseball fans have cut the cord and are watching on MLB.TV, ESPN +, etc.  



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srossi wrote: Franchise wrote: srossi wrote: Franchise wrote: Seems like a low number all things considered.
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The sports starved country has what over 320 million people and the best they can do is 4 million and 2.7? 

I don’t know what year you think this is but people don’t watch TV anymore. We’ve talked about this with wrestling a lot. If you crack 10 million, you’re the most successful show on network TV. Cable is rarely sniffing that. This is huge for MLB and doesn’t take into account all the streaming options, paid and legal as well as illegal.  Many diehard baseball fans have cut the cord and are watching on MLB.TV, ESPN +, etc.  


It’s 2020 and you are right MLB, ESPN, Disney and all of the local and regional partners did a fantastic job last night. I’d really like to thank and congratulate them on a job well done.  



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srossi wrote: Franchise wrote: srossi wrote: Franchise wrote: Seems like a low number all things considered.
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The sports starved country has what over 320 million people and the best they can do is 4 million and 2.7? 

I don’t know what year you think this is but people don’t watch TV anymore. We’ve talked about this with wrestling a lot. If you crack 10 million, you’re the most successful show on network TV. Cable is rarely sniffing that. This is huge for MLB and doesn’t take into account all the streaming options, paid and legal as well as illegal.  Many diehard baseball fans have cut the cord and are watching on MLB.TV, ESPN +, etc.  

The entire enterainment medium has changed.  A snapshot into my life:  the basement tv, where I spend most of my time, has apps loaded onto it.  There's a WWE Network app, an MLB app (doesn't work), Disney+. and Youtube.  I have Directv.  Since March 13, I've probably turned the Directv box on less than 10 times, no joke.  Most of the evenings I'll go through the various dozen or so YouTube channels we watch on a consistent basis.  YouTube will have news clips and sports highlights, so I'll catch up on those, and then watch the fun things afterwards.  Rarely have I had a reason to turn on the Directv on HDMI-1 for actual programming.  The last two nights, I've been watching baseball...longest extended viewing on "tv" since March.



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Blazer wrote: srossi wrote: Franchise wrote: srossi wrote: Franchise wrote: Seems like a low number all things considered.
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The sports starved country has what over 320 million people and the best they can do is 4 million and 2.7? 

I don’t know what year you think this is but people don’t watch TV anymore. We’ve talked about this with wrestling a lot. If you crack 10 million, you’re the most successful show on network TV. Cable is rarely sniffing that. This is huge for MLB and doesn’t take into account all the streaming options, paid and legal as well as illegal.  Many diehard baseball fans have cut the cord and are watching on MLB.TV, ESPN +, etc.  

The entire enterainment medium has changed.  A snapshot into my life:  the basement tv, where I spend most of my time, has apps loaded onto it.  There's a WWE Network app, an MLB app (doesn't work), Disney+. and Youtube.  I have Directv.  Since March 13, I've probably turned the Directv box on less than 10 times, no joke.  Most of the evenings I'll go through the various dozen or so YouTube channels we watch on a consistent basis.  YouTube will have news clips and sports highlights, so I'll catch up on those, and then watch the fun things afterwards.  Rarely have I had a reason to turn on the Directv on HDMI-1 for actual programming.  The last two nights, I've been watching baseball...longest extended viewing on "tv" since March.

During quarantine I’ve finally found the time to catch up on shows I’ve heard a lot about but never watched before. I’ve watched all 9 seasons of “The Walking Dead” available on Netflix (the latest season isn’t available anywhere yet), I’m into Season 2 of “The Americans”, and I’ve watched tons of other series that are shorter across 4 or 5 different platforms. And it made me wonder why I ever watched TV in “real time before”, having to wait a week between episodes and then months or longer between seasons. I never remember what happened. I pretty much want to exclusively switch to a binging or on-demand model now. Just pick a show a year after it’s no longer on the air and watch nothing but that for a while. It increases enjoyment for me quite a bit, and, although others can be wrong, you already know through word of mouth if a Show is worth investing the time in or if it gets cancelled before having a real ending. I’ve watched almost no TV during this time at all except for DVR’ing wrestling and fast forwarding liberally, and now I have baseball back. 

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I get a few innings in then I switch to another station doing Corona Virus 24-7 coverage because I haven't had enough of that in the past four months

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srossi wrote: A sports-starved country tuned in big time for MLB’s first game last night between the Yankees and Nationals. ESPN drew 4 million viewers for the game, which makes it the most watched regular season baseball game since 2011. It was also the highest rated baseball game in the NY market since 2015. 

In comparison, last season’s ESPN opener between the Red Sox and Mariners drew 1.2 million viewers, so this was a 232% increase. 

ESPN’s second game between the Dodgers and Giants averaged 2.7 million viewers, which was the most watched ESPN late night baseball game EVER.  The west coast game ended at 1am eastern time with an 8-1 blowout score, but maintained a very impressive audience. 


Unsustainable.  By the second night, ESPN's triple header could only scrape into 7 digits (and just barely) for one game.  The 10PM game snagged 722K.  And this in a nation that has precious few alternatives for live entertainment.  The NBA hasn't fared much better.  Who knew that shitting on your audience could have adverse effects?  



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KGB wrote: ... Who knew that shitting on your audience could have adverse effects?  
I gotta agree with KGB on this. I agree that racial inequality is an issue and needs to be addressed but I don't want to hear about it while watching a basketball game. I was watching a game on ESPN the other night and the announcers seemed to talk about Black Lives Matter, racial inequality, and other social/political issues more than they talked about the action on the floor. I ended up muting my TV and listened to music instead while watching the game.

I have taken the same approach when watching any MLB game that Alex Rodriguez or Jessica Mendoza is announcing. I get so tired of the "Alex, since you were so good at..., can you tell the viewer what the batter is thinking about in this situation?"-type lines, it is like the other announcers in the booth are sucking up to Rodriguez throughout the game. And what makes Jessica Mendoza such an authority on major league baseball considering she is a former softball player? Whenever she tries to lend her "expert opinion", I reach for the mute button.

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