With the Colorado Rockies losing 20 more games in 2019 than they did in 2018, they also saw their TV ratings slide too.
Maury Brown of Forbes recently released the regional TV networks ratings for the entire 2019 season and there was plenty of interesting information.
While overall TV ratings were up slightly up (by two percent) in Major League Baseball in 2019, the Colorado Rockies TV ratings did not contribute to the slight spike. The Colorado Rockies TV ratings dropped 18 percent in 2019, which is among one of the steepest drops among the 30 MLB teams.
The teams that had worse declines than the Rockies were the Texas Rangers (35 percent), Seattle Mariners (33 percent), Arizona Diamondbacks (27 percent), San Francisco Giants (24 percent), Boston Red Sox (22 percent), and the Miami Marlins (19 percent).
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The teams with the highest spikes were:
- The San Diego Padres with a 78 percent increase
- The Minnesota Twins, who soared to the second highest ratings overall with their 65 percent increase because their 23 game improvement in 2019
- The Chicago White Sox, who were still third to last in overall ratings despite their 50 percent increase
- The Cincinnati Reds, who were 6th overall in ratings due to their 30 percent increase.
Overall, the Rockies were still in the middle of the pack with their overall ratings as they were dead in the middle at 15th among the 30 teams in overall ratings with a 3.29 rating. The team with the highest rating was the Cleveland Indians with a 7.18 rating and the basement was brought up by the worst team in the National League, the Miami Marlins, with a 0.86 rating.
In 2018, the team with the highest ratings were the St. Louis Cardinals with an 8.05 rating and the lowest was the Chicago White Sox with a 0.68 rating, which was nearly 40 percent worse than the next lowest teams (the A’s and Marlins were tied for second to last with a 1.07).
Overall, it’s not surprising to see a decline in ratings due to the fact that the team was, essentially, out of playoff contention by early July compared to making the playoffs in 2018.