The MLB All-Star Recreation was the least watched ever

On the MLB All-Star Recreation, an icon made his authentic debut in entrance of the house crowd and the sport’s subsequent celebrity.

That wasn’t sufficient to stave off the report low rankings Sports activities Media Watch reported Wednesday. With a 4.2 ranking and seven.51 million viewers, Tuesday’s recreation on Fox was the lowest-rated and least-watched recreation in All-Star Recreation historical past, in accordance with SMW.

In line with the report, this represents a 7% drop in rankings and a ten% drop in viewers from the 2021 efficiency (4.5 ranking, 8.32 million viewers), which was beforehand within the rankings low. These numbers are, after all, relative in an more and more fractured media market, the place competitors for eyeballs is ever-increasing.

Luis Castillo makes a pitch throughout the fifth inning of the 2022 MLB All-Star Recreation at Dodger Stadium. (Robert Hanashiro/Reuters)

SMW notes that Tuesday’s recreation drew the biggest telecast viewers because the NBA Finals, which ended June 16, and Fox’s largest because the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20. The game stays the king of reside viewers. Because of this, giant sums had been paid out with every new broadcast and streaming rights deal.

The All-Star Recreation additionally remained probably the most watched in sports activities, topping the 2022 NFL Professional Bowl (6.69 million) and the NBA All-Star Recreation (6.28 million). Monday’s Dwelling Run Derby (6.88 million) additionally eclipsed the NFL and NBA All-Star Recreation rankings.

However Tuesday’s drop in viewership continues a steep downward development for MLB, which commonly drew greater than 20 million viewers within the early Nineties.

For historic context, Sports activities Illustrated reported in 1967 that the All-Star Recreation drew 55 million viewers that 12 months. A day recreation in 1966 drew 12 million viewers. Within the 60s, viewers had solely three networks to select from – ABC, NBC and CBS.

Per SMW, Tuesday’s report was the fourth time the sport has hit a rankings low in six years.

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