There were plenty of positives to take away from Major League Baseball’s All-Star weekend. The new Home Run Derby format was a wild success, the moment before the game where Pete Rose was honored was spectacular, and Angels outfielder/All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout led off the game with a home run to give himself a cycle in his first four All-Star Game at-bats.
Despite this, the overnight rating for the game wasn’t especially reassuring. Despite a pretty exciting contest, the 2015 All-Star Game drew the lowest overnight rating of all time, according to Sports TV Ratings.
The American League’s triumph over the National League in last night’s All-Star Game drew a 7.8 overnight rating (in the largest 56 out of 210 markets) according to Sports Business Journal’s Austin Karp.
Per Karp that’s down from last year’s 7.9. We had last year at an 8.0 but that’s splitting hairs. We have the record-low at 7.9 in 2011. Karp chalks the drop from last year to a big 31 percent drop in the NYC market.
The official TV rating will come out a little later today, and if there is a silver lining, it’s that this overnight rating was better than the overnight rating for this year’s Pro Bowl and NBA All-Star Game. Still, with how the league has tried to make the All-Star Game an important event over the last decade, this number is probably a disappointment.
(via Sports TV Ratings)