The good folks at subscription-only Sports Business Journal posted TV ratings numbers for each baseball team today, but superstar D.C. sports bogger Dan Steinberg was kind enough to report that the Washington Nationals are dead last in the ratings game:
"More to the point, the lowest average household numbers, aside from the Nats, watch the Royals (28,000), Orioles (33,000) and Pirates (34,000). To repeat, the Nationals' number was 9,000, less than a third of the viewership in next-to-last Kansas City. The lowest average ratings, aside from the Nats, are found watching the Angels (1.24), Rangers (1.49) and Dodgers (1.57). To repeat, the Nationals' number was 0.39."
The viewers are down 43% from last season. Yes, the team's outfield is historically awful and the team has seen a ton of injuries to their best players, but only 9,000 households per game? Do people just watch 227 re-runs over and over again in DC? Add "television ratings" to the list of things in which the Washington Nationals rank dead list. Here's a sample:
- Win/loss percentage: .378
- Batting average: .239
- Runs scored: 326
- Slugging percentage: .357
- Least incidents of chili-related diarrhea: 593
- Fewest times having Dick Cheney throw first pitch: 1
In comparison, approximately 325,000 households watch Yankees games and 233,000 households watch Red Sox games. The Sox number would be far higher if the Nielsen company actually counted people watching in bars/taverns/pubs/Southie boarding houses.