The viewership numbers are now in for the first two World Series games, and the MLB most likely won’t going to be pleased with what they see.
While the first two games of this World Series are up pretty drastically from last year at a 14% increase, that isn’t saying a whole lot. This year’s event is on pace to be the 2nd least-watched World Series on record, only topped by the 2020 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays, which attracted an average audience of just 9.07 million viewers.
While they have pulled some viewers back since 2020, the Braves and Astros are still short of the 2019 World Series numbers, which averaged 12.06 million viewers for their first two games.
For those thinking that Game 3 could help bring back some viewers, it is unlikely. Game 3 has often been a bottoming out game for the World Series, with 2015, 2018, and 2020 showing their least amount of viewers for game 3.
An issue with this year’s series could just come down to the quality of the games. Both games so far have featured a team taking the lead early and never relinquishing it. Could this year’s World Series be saved by some interesting next couple of games? It is possible, but these numbers have got to be scary for the MLB who is already panicking to find a way to attract new viewers.
Reice Shipley is a daily news writer and social media assistant for BSM. He is a graduate of Ithaca University, contributor to the Syracuse Mets, and aspires to work behind the scenes in sports media in the future. He can be found on Twitter @Reice_Shipley18 or you may reach him by email at RShipley@ithaca.edu.
Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’
“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”
L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.
ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.
“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”
King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.
“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”
Lisa Salters Makes Monday Night Football History Completing 11th Season on Sideline
“Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.”
Monday night’s Cowboys/Bucs wild card playoff game set a new milestone for ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters.
The network tweeted that Salters completed her 11th season in that role. That makes her the longest tenured reporter in Monday Night Football history.
Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.
“When I first got the call to do Monday Night Football, I would have never thought that 10 years later I would still be doing it,” Salters said last year in a video reminiscing on ten years on Monday Night Football. “I was at home and I got a phone call from my boss Vince Doria and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you would be interested in being a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football‘, and I couldn’t believe what he just asked me.”
Salters is also featured on network coverage of the NBA, something she’s been doing since 2005.
No Conspiracy Behind ESPN Monday Night Playoff Game Selection
“The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience.”
ESPN has only carried NFL playoff games on Monday night for two seasons but has been a part of wild card weekends dating back to the 2014-15 campaign.
With the exception of one season, a 4-seed versus 5-seed matchup has always been covered by the Monday Night Football broadcast team in that stretch of nine seasons. That continued with Cowboys/Bucs this year.
In 2021-22, with the NFL expanding the playoff field to seven teams, the first Monday night playoff game was played. The Rams cruised past the Cardinals 34-11.
Last week, the decision was the source of much speculation. TV executives shared a number of theories about why ESPN landed the game that had the most star power in the Super Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post wrote that no speculation was necessary. The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience. The new format, the games that have a likelihood of altering seeding for the divisional rounds have already been played.
The 4/5 games this weekend proved to be pretty entertaining. The Jaguars rallied from down 27 to beat the Chargers. Al Michaels and Tony Dungy were ripped on social media for how they called a particularly exhilarating game for NBC. So it turns out Joe Buck and Troy Aikman would’ve called either one of the weekend’s best games.