Much Like Team, Marlins TV Ratings Hit Rock Bottom
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s a given the Miami Marlins are going to struggle to put fans in the stands after the tumultuous offseason of trading away almost all Major League-caliber players. But it turns out no one wants to see the Marlins even at home.
According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, the Marlins ratings for the first two home games were a 1.8 and 1.5, which the Herald’s Barry Jackson said compare to daytime game shows. But Wednesday’s debacle against Atlanta drew a 0.8 rating.
In other words, as the Herald reported, 0.8 percent of all TV households in Miami-Dade County and Broward County were watching the Marlins get shutout by the Atlanta Braves. Nielsen, which handles television ratings, lists a total of 1,621,130 TV households in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market.
That means, based on Nielsen’s total available households in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market, roughly 12,969 homes were watching the Marlins game on Wednesday night. For comparison, the Marlins announced attendance at Wednesday night’s game was 13,810.
The Marlins aren’t helping their case to get more fans to the stadium with a 1-8 start. According to the Herald, if the Marlins are shut out Friday night, they’ll set the major league record for most shutouts in the first ten games with five.
Also, hardballtalk.com reported that no team had an average television rating below 1.0 last season.
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