Baseball is Still America's Pastime, At Least When It Comes to All-Star Games

Categories: TV Sports Ratings & News

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July 2nd, 2010

Here's some data via FOX Sports.  I apologize for the big graphics.  I've included some ratings info, which clearly shows when it comes to sports All-Star events, baseball is still at the top.

They also created a couple of fun charts comparing life  in 1989 (the last time the MLB All-Star Game was in Anaheim) to life in 2010.  Baseball's top salary has increased by nearly 14x, and the average salary has increased nearly 7x.   Many things have doubled, tripled or more in pricing, but the In-N-Out Burger is only up $.40, a scant 32% increase!

Not included in the tale of the tape: the 1989 game, which aired on NBC  had an 18.2/33 household rating/share.  In the 1988-89 TV season the exodus from broadcast to cable was still well under way.  That season only 7.5% of the viewing in primetime was for advertiser supported basic cable.  Last season (2008-09)  basic cable snared 36.3% of primetime viewing.

Year Network HH Rating HH Share Households (million) Viewers (million) Winner
1967 NBC 25.6 50 14.05 N.L
1968 NBC 25.8 49 14.45 N.L
1969 NBC 15.1 42 8.61 N.L
1970 NBC 28.5 54 16.67 N.L
1971 NBC 27 50 16.23 A.L
1972 NBC 22.9 43 14.22 26.3 N.L
1973 NBC 23.8 45 15.42 27.6 N.L
1974 NBC 23.4 44 15.49 N.L
1975 NBC 21.5 41 14.73 28.17 N.L
1976 ABC 27.1 53 18.68 36.33 N.L
1977 NBC 24.5 45 17.44 31 N.L
1978 ABC 26.1 47 19.03 35.529 N.L
1979 NBC 24.4 45 18.18 31.98 N.L
1980 ABC 26.8 46 20.45 36.27 N.L
1981 NBC 20.1 36 15.64 N.L
1982 ABC 25 44 20.38 34.12 N.L
1983 NBC 21.5 39 17.91 27.19 A.L
1984 ABC 20.1 35 16.84 28.5 N.L
1985 NBC 20.5 36 17.4 28.21 N.L
1986 ABC 20.3 35 17.44 28.375 N.L
1987 NBC 18.2 37 15.91 24.295 N.L
1988 ABC 20.4 36 18.07 29.526 A.L
1989 NBC 18.2 33 16.45 25.84 A.L
1990 CBS 16.2 33 14.94 24.365 A.L
1991 CBS 17.4 32 16.2 24.67 A.L
1992 CBS 14.9 27 13.72 21.981 A.L
1993 CBS 15.6 28 14.55 22.306 A.L
1994 NBC 15.7 28 14.79 22.015 N.L
1995 ABC 13.9 25 13.26 20.163 N.L
1996 NBC 13.2 23 12.69 18.479 N.L
1997 FOX 11.8 21 11.42 16.723 A.L
1998 NBC 13.3 25 13.026 18.97 A.L
1999 FOX 12 22 11.89 17.64 A.L
2000 NBC 10.1 18 10.167 14.714 A.L
2001 FOX 11 19 11.198 16.029 A.L.
2002 FOX 9.5 17 10.046 14.653 (TIE)
2003 FOX 9.5 17 10.156 13.81 A.L.
2004 FOX 8.8 15 9.573 13.995 A.L.
2005 FOX 8.1 14 8.884 12.33 A.L.
2006 FOX 9.3 16 10.301 14.424 A.L.
2007 FOX 8.4 15 9.343 12.53 A.L.
2008 FOX 9.3 16 10.441 14.54 A.L.
2009 FOX 8.9 15 14.593 A.L.
 
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