Monday , September 21 2020

Playoffs Great for Fox

The ratings thus far have been great for Fox – I predict the World Series will be less so. The pairing of the Yankees and the Marlins is the worst possible scenario of the original eight teams that began the playoffs: the world is absolutely fed up with the disgusting Yankees, and no one on earth gives a rat’s scrotum about the Marlins:

    During a day of nail-biting for Yankee and Red Sox fans Thursday, Fox Sports executives were busy touting another round of stellar postseason baseball ratings while arguing that the Florida Marlins will be a fabulous draw in the World Series [liars].

    Wednesday night’s Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, in which the Marlins broke Chicago Cubs fans’ hearts and secured the NL berth in the fall classic, drew 26.5 million viewers and a 10.1 rating/27 share among adults 18-49, making it the most-watched game of any League Championship Series in more than 10 years.

    Fox’s heat with the LCS has thrown its rivals into a tizzy as many of their fledgling shows have been unable to gain traction against the baseball juggernaut.

    ….In a report outlining what its researchers saw as the most popular scenarios for the World Series, media buying firm Initiative predicted a Cubs-Red Sox series and Cubs-Yankees series would have been “home runs.”

    Initiative pegged a Marlins-Red Sox matchup at a respectable 14.1/23 but lamented that much of the interest would be limited to the East Coast. A Yankees-Marlins World Series would do much worse, a 12.4/21, equaling the dismal rating Fox earned in 2000 with an all-New York matchup, but still better than last year, the agency predicted.

    “Not having the third-largest market and one of the most storied franchises in sports — those lovable losers Cubs — in is going to divert national attention away from the series to some degree,” said Tim Spengler, Initiative’s executive vp national broadcast. [Hollywood Reporter]

But that’s the beauty of sports: you can’t control the outcome, it’s real and dramatic as hell. Just ask Cubs and Sox fans.

I am delighted baseball – regardless of the teams – is back as a “success” on TV. It is the king of all sports.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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