Monday, September 23, 2013

Indians' Attendance is Dismal, But the Astros Just Pulled a 0.00 Nielsen Rating

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM


Via Deadspin, the Houston Astros' televised 9-2 loss against the Tribe drew an improbable 0.00 Nielsen rating in Houston yesterday.

Says Deadspin:

It's not as bad as it sounds. The Nielsen numbers are calculated by extrapolating a limited number of meters, in this case 581 of them. So it's more accurate to say that of 581 randomly selected Houston-area households, none tuned into the Astros game.

Plus, the game was televised during the Houston Texans' football game against the Baltimore Ravens. So most of the sports-oriented households were likely tuned in to the gridiron. Still, pretty embarrassing.

The Astros and the Indians are 27th and 28th, respectively (out of a total 30 teams), in total MLB attendance this year. By percentage, the Indians are dead last, selling on average only 44 percent of available tickets.

However, in a recent Crains' story about attendance woes, Indians' President Mark Shapiro cited some encouraging statistics. The Tribe's television ratings on SportsTime Ohio are up 36% this season from last season, and a Fox Sports Ohio source told reporter Kevin Kleps that games have been watchd by an average of more than 81,000 homes in the Cleveland-designated market in 2013.

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