[NOWnews今日新聞] The Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series is in full swing. The Texas Rangers are fighting for their first championship in team history, while the Arizona Diamondbacks are challenging to return to glory after 22 years. However, such drama did not excite To arouse the interest of the audience, according to “USA Today” report, the ratings of the first three games of the 2023 World Series hit the worst performance since the American Fox TV broadcast.
According to Sports Media Watch data, the average number of viewers for the Rangers’ overtime victory over the Diamondbacks in G1 of the World Series was 9.172 million, the average number of viewers for the G2 Diamondbacks’ victory over the Rangers was 8.15 million, and the G3 Rangers relied on Corey Seager to defeat the Diamondbacks. The viewership population continued to decline to 8.13 million.
The ratings for this year’s World Series are indeed poor. G1 has set a new low since it was broadcast on Fox TV in the United States. The previous worst ratings record was during the 2020 New Crown Pneumonia epidemic, when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays played in a neutral stadium. It also attracted 9.35 million viewers; what’s even worse is that the ratings of G2 and G3 of this World Series were also worse than in 2020.
There are two main reasons for the poor ratings of this year’s World Series. First, neither the Rangers nor the Diamondbacks are popular teams in the United States, and the Diamondbacks cannot be called a big-market team. Second, both teams lack top players. Without superstars such as Phillies Bryce Harper and Astros Jose Altuve, who have high-profile watchers across the country, it will naturally be difficult to attract fans outside of Texas and Arizona.
In addition, the World Series must also compete with the NFL, NBA and NCAA (college football) for ratings. The World Series G3 will be the most affected because the NBA, NFL and NHL all have prime time games that day.
The Rangers currently have a draw advantage of 3 wins and 1 loss in the World Series. The next G5 and possible G6 and G7 will be held on the NFL off-day, and the ratings may have a chance to go down and go up.
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