America’s Least Favorite?
All those bow-tied bum kissers are left wondering why nobody cares…
The latest MLB news features the league’s biggest series on its grandest stage, and this year the World Series games between the Diamondbacks and Rangers have been exciting, compelling, and exhilarating. Too bad nobody’s watching.
If you think Halloween is scary, you should see this year’s World Series ratings. Every slapdick owner watching in a VIP suite must be crapping their silk trousers over the lack of interest. Billionaires are wondering what went wrong with the expensive toys they bought and who’s to blame. There must be someone who should be fired!
Game 1 of the Rangers-Diamondbacks World Series was the least-watched ever.
The series opener drew 9.17 million viewers across FOX — less than the pandemic series in 2020. pic.twitter.com/n7z8c6dYf5
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) October 30, 2023
How about firing the whole damn lot of you? The sport has moved at a glacial pace to bring this glorified version of cricket into the 21st century and now all those bow-tied bum kissers are left wondering why nobody cares.
Well, that’s a topic for another day because it is my job as Hermes the winged messenger to fly onto your screens and announce that Game 1 was the lowest-rated World Series game opener, averaging 9.17 million viewers on Fox, Fox Deportes and Fox’s streaming service. It was a 20% dip from the 11.48 million who watched last year’s Game 1 between the Phillies and Astros.
But wait, there’s more! After every Game 1, there must come a Game 2 and that brought even lower ratings to the fore, garnering 8.15 million viewers. Personally, I’m shocked that there were that many people who had so little to do on a Saturday night that they decided to watch the Diamondbacks rout the Rangers, 9-1.
YIKES: Game 2 of the World Series (Diamondbacks-Rangers) averaged 8.15 million viewers on FOX Saturday night (8.38M including Fox Deportes), marking the least-watched WS game on recordhttps://t.co/czg3RO91zu
— Medium Buying (@MediumBuying) October 31, 2023
Both were historical lows for those particular games. However, we are waiting on pins and needles for the Game 3 ratings to be released and find out if it can continue this downward spiral by setting an all-time record for the lowest World Series viewership regardless of which game. The previous low was set during the COVID-ravaged season of 2020 in which only 8.34 million viewers tuned in to watch Game 3 of the World Series.
I’m not sure why I’m reveling in this mess but maybe it has something to do with the league’s imperious intractability, snickering at the mere thought of making even one of the many changes that would have kept the sport relevant. MLB rumors are always floating around about ways to make the game more engaging and they finally implemented a few this season.
In 1978, the World Series average 44,279 million viewers per game. Game 1 this year was viewed by 9.17 million viewers. Things have changed. Many more leisure time options. Teams are not that popular or well known. It’s an issue for MLB to try to solve.
— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) October 31, 2023
But why have they kept home plate umpires in charge of calling balls and strikes when technology has been available for decades to call a perfect game every time? Don’t worry, we can keep the men in blue behind home plate as a nod to tradition–kind of like the Queen. After all, the punch-out signals can be more exciting than the game itself.