Astros Get Fewer Than 1,000 Viewers, Lose Ratings War to WNBA

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Pathetic.
On Saturday, a good friend gave me a pair of extra tickets to the Astros-Angels game at Minute Maid Park. To say it was sparsely attended would be generous, but the few thousand people on hand in the park eclipsed by a wide margin those watching on TV. According to a report from Deadspin and the Chron, that game got a .04 Nielsen rating, which is the equivalent of about 1,000 viewers, a record low for the Astros in Houston.

To make matters worse, and to further illustrate just how bad it has gotten for the 'Stros and CSN Houston, a WNBA game between Chicago and Minnesota on NBA-TV drew about 1,500 viewers. Just to sum that up, women's professional basketball in the northern part of the country outpaced Major League Baseball's local team. My guess is reruns of Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network had ratings that felt like the Super Bowl in comparison.

It's bad enough that the team is going to have its third 100-loss season in a row. But, with the apathy shown by team ownership in fixing this CSN Houston disaster, it's almost criminal what Jim Crane and the Astros are doing to baseball in Houston. They are getting paid $80 million annually by CSN to broadcast the games. I wonder if they have an out clause.

Being at the game, I can attest to the fact that the most exciting part of the night was how my friend's daughter followed the wave around the stadium, mouth agape. As disappointing as the foot-long dogs were, they were no match for the play on the field in the loss. But even all that didn't compare to the dismal showing on TV. Think about that 1,000 number for a moment. Double that number fit into Jones Hall. That's a medium-size apartment complex. There are banquet halls around town that can easily hold that many people.

More than half a million watched the Texans versus the Titans. Half a million.

To hell with CSN getting out of its contract. I wonder if they can get their money back.

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Puller58
Puller58

Roller Derby would beat the Astros in viewship...

Thomas9
Thomas9

hahaha that's what Jim Crane and the greedy crew that blacked out most of the city from watching the astros, rockets and dynamo!! Screw MLB for giving Crane the team in the first place by blackmailing him to move to the American League. I boycotted watching or going to astros games for the first half of the season. Gave them a chance after the All-Star game pumped me up for baseball. Big Mistake! This is the WORST team (pro, college, HS, little league) that I have ever seen in my life! Jim Crane is the worst owner and the rest of his staff trickles down from his lack of leadership or commitment to the team and the city of Houston. Ya'll should note that the 1,000 views they received were from people to 'happen' to leave the tv on that channel because they had to answer the phone, use the restroom or any other thing they had to do. Needless to say they channel changed in a matter of minutes lol

Smile Joanna
Smile Joanna

I laughed so hard cause it hurt so bad. They're OUR team, the Good Guys!

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

thanks Astros, thanks Comcast...cant wait to NOT see the Rockets this year..

Motherscratcher
Motherscratcher

The TV debacle is a sh*tshow of the highest order. First, I thought it would be a month...then surely by the All Star game. Then reality. There is no champion. No outside voice. For God's sake. Hire Nolan Ryan, Earl Campbell or JJ Watt or somebody to make the pitch for you. Hire a beloved Houston icon to state the case for CSN every single day. Soon enough, we won't have the Rockets either.

I have so far refused to move back to Comcast because of service issues in the past. I was approached by a gentleman working at Best Buy the other day that tried to sell me DirecTV. I told him I wasn't going to switch anything until the CSN issue was resolved. He told me "what difference does it make? You're not getting it now.". And he was right...and his comments ensured that I won't be a DirecTV client until never.

Somebody please blink.

hpress4
hpress4

Baseball in general is dead, they just haven't figured it out yet.  In an age of nano-second attention spans, the Astros don't seem to think it's a problem that vast numbers of potential viewers can't even get the local games on their cable channels.  Viewership is down, attendance is down.  Baseball as a product is quite awful.  Most teams, due to payroll distortions, have no chance of competing (the Astros included, of course).  In Seattle, their professional soccer team is selling out - can't get a ticket.  Has baseball considered the implications of this?  Baseball owners should be freaking out.  Who's going to pay to watch baseball in the future?  Baby-boomers?  Nope, they have started to retire with almost no savings.  Generation X?  Nope, they are fickle fans at best.  Millenials?  Nope, they simply don't have the attention spans to watch 3 hours of baseball.  In the end, demographics is what is going to kill baseball.  We now get to watch a twenty year train wreck in slow-motion.

Puller58
Puller58

@Thomas9 And you can bet that before too long Crane will be screaming he's going to move the Astros if his "demands" are not met.  As with with Bud Adams, adios...

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

@Hugh Bishop In a manner of speaking, more like losing, and badly. While the greedy owner makes record profits.

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