MLB Ratings Down: Why Don’t You Watch Small Market Teams?

NEW YORK (AP) — Television ratings for baseball’s division series are down from last year.

The 18 games on TBS, with all four series going the distance, averaged a 2.4 rating. That’s down 11 percent from the 2.7 for 19 games in 2011, when teams from larger markets made the playoffs. Three of the four series went the full five games last season.

MLB Network aired playoff games for the first time this year. Its two division series broadcasts — Game 2 of Detroit-Oakland and Game 3 of St. Louis-Washington — averaged a network-record 1.2 million viewers, compared with 3.7 million for the TBS games. MLB Network is in about 70 million homes while TBS is in more than 100 million.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program.

Source: Associated Press