TV Ratings Down

So, I guess that’s why they won’t be having any more day games.

The first national television numbers have come out for day one of TBS’ MLB playoff coverage and the numbers aren’t pretty.

Wednesday’s prime time tilt between the Yankees and Twins received the highest ratings of the three games played on the first day of playoff baseball, but it barely did better than last year’s game between the exact same teams that started outside of prime time.

The Rangers and Rays early afternoon game drew a disappointing average of 2.2 million viewers, while an early afternoon game last season between the Phillies and Rockies drew 500,000 more.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the Reds and Phillies game that started at 5:00PM EST.  Despite viewership growing 41% in the telecast’s final hour thanks to Roy Halladay’s no hit bid, it still only averaged 4.2 million viewers overall.  The middle game in last year’s triple header telecast drew 6.6 million.

In fairness to the low numbers for the baseball games, it should be mentioned that Modern Family, which airs on Wednesdays, is hilarious.

The TV numbers may be down, but at least hatred of umpires is up.  Good work, MLB.