Bad regular-season football outperforms the World Series

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On four consecutive nights, professional sports teams headquartered in Washington have had prime-time platforms on FOX. And, of course, the dyfunctional D.C. football franchise drew a larger audience than the overachieving baseball team that is trying to bring a World Series title to town for the first time since the 1930s.

According to the NFL, Thursday’s sluggish, largely unexciting 19-9 game between Washington and Minnesota drew 14.1 million viewers across all platforms, with 13.5 million watching via Nielsen-measured TV networks. None of the three World Series games featuring the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros have attracted an audience so large.

Friday’s Game Three, via Deadline.com, drew an audience of 11.74 million. That’s down from Game Two (11.9 million) and Game One (12.2 million). The Wednesday audience became the smallest ever for the second game of a World Series.

Game Four happens tonight, with Game Five (a potential clincher) happening on Sunday night. Coincidentally (or not), the Packers and Chiefs play on Sunday night, too.

44 responses to “Bad regular-season football outperforms the World Series

  1. The NFL is king among American pro sports but this is still kinda surprising to me. Outdrawing World Series games by 3 million with that snooze fest?

  2. MLB and NBA lost me back in the early 90s. Haven’t watched either since. Simply became very bored with both.

  3. I only ever listen to baseball on the radio while working, or driving (or even taking a nap) – it works quite well on radio. Cricket’s much the same. But you have to watch football & rugby.

  4. Gamblers and Fantasy football players made up that 3 million, at least. Baseball is too slow to bet on.

  5. Baseball is too slow, and I’m getting old. I can’t imagine today’s youth sitting through a full nine innings. It’s brutal.

  6. World Series baseball is awesome to watch because every pitch is critical (if you understand the game. Many don’t), but baseball doesn’t help themselves with all their so-called unwritten rules. Like don’t watch your home run or I’m going to throw the ball at you. That’s just acting like a bunch of babies. Men and women don’t gravitate toward grown men acting like little babies. And you can’t steal a base with a 7 run lead? Or is it 8 runs? Who knows, but if you break the rule I’m throwing the ball at you. Aren’t you supposed to give 100%? If you can’t steal, does the other team agree to stop trying too? Also, is there some rule that says a baserunner on first has to chat with the First baseman? Just a lot of weird stuff. Then, the baseball players don’t even shake hands after the game. Yeah right. They’re too macho for that. Lol. Baseball could use some advice, but it doesn’t look like they have an open door policy. It’s no wonder they’re losing their audience. All the antics are so outdated. I’m about as old school as they come. I don’t like hot dogs and guys who disrespect the game, or who disrespect their opponents. Believe me, if a guy throws the ball at my head, he better be expecting my bat coming right back at him. Like Campy Campaneris. Come to think of it, that might even draw a TV audience.

  7. The Gnats and the ‘Stros? Not exactly must-watch TV. Neither team has enough of a winning history to interest haters. Football is nearly as much about who hates your team as it is about who roots for your team.

    Football isn’t that hard to play or watch. Baseball is more cerebral. There is more of a mental investment in baseball.

    Amount of time for a game is overblown. All sports have their dead spots (except futbol, soccer in the US). A lack of focus on your part isn’t the game’s fault. Many legacy sports are losing younger viewers because kids have much shorter attention spans. There are certainly more breaks in the action in football games due to injury.

  8. Baseball does this to themselves and nothing will change until they get a salary cap. How can a sport thrive when before the season starts at least a third of the teams have absolutely no shot at winning? Those same losing teams have to spend the next 5 years being terrible enough to consistently draft low to get good players, just like the Astros have done. In a year or two the Astros won’t be able to pay the talent they drafted and developed so they’ll leave as free agents or be traded to the Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers. Baseball’s model sucks, is broken, and doesn’t attract young fans. Umps having their own strike zone instead of what the rulebook calls for and every single batter stepping out of the batters box to adjust his damn gloves after every single pitch doesn’t help either. Every batter is their own human rain delay, it is torture. The NFL rules. I would watch every snap of a Dolphins-Bengals game before I sat down to watch two baseball teams I’m not connected to.

  9. Did Charliecharger just say “ men & women aren’t attracted to athletes that act like babies ???? Pump the brakes genius : the NFL is soooooo full of cry babies it’s ridiculous
    Maybe try a real sport like the NHL ….. NFL is rigged it’s pathetic

  10. I’m going to make some assumptions that can make an ass out of me. I know all the major sports have packages you can buy on Direct TV or xfinity, but I don’t think Amazon, Twitter or other mega billionaires who want a piece of the Sports market are offering packages to any sport other than the NFL. That tells me all I need to know.

  11. 162 games of snoozefest.no thanks. I watched when I was 10 years old, but grew out of it. Not enough action, way too slow, throw a pitch, wait a minute , scratch your junk, throw a pitch , spit on the ground, scratch your junk, wait another minute, throw to first base, wait another minute, scratch your junk, spit on ground, throw to first base again, scratch your junk, spit on the ground, wait another minute, throw a pitch, foul ball, wait another minute, scratch your junk, spit on the ground, throw to first base, scratch your junk, catcher walks to the mound, walks back to homeplate, throws pitch, it’s a ball, waits another minute, scratches his junk, spits on ground, throws to first base, another minute goes by. Lol. This is all happening during the same batter. Takes like 20 minutes just to get one out. Why would anyone bother watching baseball? Too boring, too slow. They need to speed up the game somehow by putting a time limit between pitches. Baseball is brutal to watch. It’s good for falling asleep.

  12. I don’t watch many games during regular season but I always look forward to the World Series.

    Because of the # of games and traveling they do during season, October is when players should play their best, but they’re tired and have to at times cut and paste together a rotation.

    Of all pro sports titles I think WS Championship title is the hardest.

    Nice to see sold out parks with lots of enthusiasm and so much on the line right now, something you don’t see or feel during long reg season.

    World Series still holds a special place for me.

  13. Baseball players probably don’t care too much. They’re doing what they love, and have you seen their contracts?

  14. Hint: “Washingtonians” are not from D.C. to begin with. It’s like Tampa, Miami or Vegas. everyone there is from somewhere else. So while all politicians will say they like the Nationals on TV… they couldn’t give a darn in reality.

  15. alonestartexan says:
    October 26, 2019 at 8:30 pm
    Baseball is a game for smart people, which explains why football is the most popular sport in America.
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    You might have a point there. Baseball was America’s Pastime up until around 1980 when Reaganomics started gutting America’s public school funding.

  16. rutledge3197 says:
    October 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm
    Did Charliecharger just say “ men & women aren’t attracted to athletes that act like babies ???? Pump the brakes genius : the NFL is soooooo full of cry babies it’s ridiculous
    Maybe try a real sport like the NHL ….. NFL is rigged it’s pathetic
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    And yet here you are commenting on an NFL site!

  17. Maybe it’s because Joe Buck calls the World Series games. It feels like he has been around longer than his dad at this point.

  18. mediasloppy says:
    October 26, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    I’m going to make some assumptions that can make an ass out of me. I know all the major sports have packages you can buy on Direct TV or xfinity, but I don’t think Amazon, Twitter or other mega billionaires who want a piece of the Sports market are offering packages to any sport other than the NFL. That tells me all I need to know.

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    Amazon had regular season baseball this year. You could watch it for free for a few games. I’m not sure if it was team based or whatever but they did have a MLB package this past year on Prime.

  19. “Baseball is more cerebral. There is more of a mental investment in baseball”.

    Yes, “Cerebral” . Righty vs Lefty, Fast Ball or Curve, inside tight or low and away ? I admit I don’t have the mental capacity to stay awake for a baseball game.
    Enjoy.

  20. Not a die-hard baseball guy… I prefer a Class A ballgame to a Major League Stadium and honestly, I can’t sit in front of a TV THAT long. Football? Sure, you’ve got a bunch of big men beating the hell out of each other…baseball is slow paced, kind of a gentleman’s genteel game, football is more like playing chess in a war zone.

    Tell you what though, I’ll watch at least SOME of the World Series BECAUSE the usual teams aren’t there. A couple guys referred to “small market” teams … HOUSTON is what…the 4th largest city and 7th largest TV market in the US … Washington DC by the way is the 6th largest TV market…. so there goes your CHI/NY/BOSTON/LA theory swirlin’ down the ol’ porcelain god… you people really have a false placed superiority complex.

  21. Not surprising that the Astros/Nationals World Series is down in the ratings.
    If MLB was rigged, it would have been a Yankees/Dodgers series, the 2 biggest TV markets in the country.

  22. MLB shows the same six teams year in year out and thinks this is helping to draw interest to their game. MLB network is like any other network selling out to the east coast.

  23. Newbaum Turk says:
    October 26, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Baseball does this to themselves and nothing will change until they get a salary cap. How can a sport thrive when before the season starts at least a third of the teams have absolutely no shot at winning?////////

    Absolute truth there and they won’t change because the teams out east and in LA aren’t going to give up their advantage. That move would take a strong commissioner but it would sure improve the game greatly.

  24. The Gnats and the ‘Stros? Not exactly must-watch TV
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    Hard to understand what that means. A World series is a world series. Both teams have stars, both teams have earned their way there. Are small market teams not allowed to be relevant?

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