Ratings strong for 2009 Series

How would the Yankees use the double switch?
Open Thread: The day before Halloween

Last year, when the Yankees failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1994, baseball fans the country over were gleeful. They were also uninterested in watching the postseason, and as the Yanks are now within three wins of a World Series title, a common theme has emerged this October: The Yankees are good for baseball. The ratings from Games 1 and 2 of the World Series are in, and the numbers are great. The ratings for Game 1 were up 34 percent over 2008, and the game was the second most viewed Game 1 since 1999. Last night’s game saw a whopping 48 percent increase in viewership over 2008’s Game 2. If this World Series stretches on long enough, the TV ratings and viewership figures could very well set some cumulative Fall Classic records.

How would the Yankees use the double switch?
Open Thread: The day before Halloween
  • Salty Buggah

    Good to hear.

  • Dela G

    this is awesome news

  • Salty Buggah

    And they’ll be even higher for Game 3 since it’ll be tied at 1 and everyone will want to see this:


    Fox loves that.

    • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

      Yeah, baby.

  • Ivan

    The Yankees are ruining the whats special in baseball. Their free spending way is destroying the game and need to be stop immediately. The yankees are bad for baseball…oh snap those Yankees just gave us a couple of million dollars in ratings……

  • Steve H
    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      One of my favorite baseball pictures ever.

      Pettitte’s reaction in the dugout was just as awesome:


    • ARX

      One of my all time favorite postseason moments (non-Yankees division), even though I, and probably every non-Astro’s fan saw it coming a mile away.

  • Pasqua

    Reminds me of the Howard Stern movie:

    “The average Stern fan listens for 45 minutes. Reason? They want to hear what he’ll say next. The average Stern hater listens for 90 minutes. Reason? They want to hear what he’ll say next.”

    The 2009 Yankees. Love us or hate us, you can’t look away.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      To non-Yankee fans, the Yankees are like that ex-girlfriend you have: you claim to hate her and be over her, but you cannot stop talking about her.

  • dkidd

    further proof that no matter how hard he tries, bud selig cannot destroy the game of baseball

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      No need to provoke the wrath of Selig. Lord knows he’s a petty, foolish man with tremendous resources. He could do some serious damage if you keep this up. Before you know it, you could wake up to an aluminum bat challenge. I’d go into further (graphic) detail, but I’d like you to imagine the scenario. It’s more fun that way.

      I will say this, though: Running Bratz. Be afraid, be very afraid.

      /Seacrest Out!

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        You’re a strange dude, JMK.

    • Chris

      I’m curious. What exactly has Selig done that has pushed baseball towards destruction? He’s a jackass and a lot of his statements are ridiculous, but when you look at his actual actions they’re not bad. He dragged his feet on the whole steroid thing (but that was blocked by MLBPA) and now instant replay,

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    The Yankees are as important to baseball as oxygen is to human beings.

    • tim randle


  • Guest

    I really find this fascinating. Every year we hear that Baseball’s TV ratings suffer because only the big market teams have a chance to be successful. And every year we get small market teams in the World Series, the ratings tank.

    Perhaps this is because the Word Series tends to be watched in large part by people who have a home team in the series. Consequently, if only people in the home markets are going to watch the series anyway (for the most part), then you might as well have the larger markets play in the game.

    On a related note: I wonder if the World Series’ relative lack of appeal to others outside of the home markets has something to do with how difficult it is to gamble on the sport. It’s pretty much an open secret that the NFL owes a lot of its success to people gambling on its games (whether through vegas, back-channel means, or the ever-prevelant office pool). If people can gamble on a game, its outcome has meaning for them even if their home team is not participating.

    Or maybe it is just easier to invest three hours into a football game where your team isn’t involved than it is to do so for a baseball game. It isn’t for me personally, and I really think gambling plays a major role in the difference between the relative popularity of the sports, but there might be some other reason.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      There are only 16 football games; 16 chances to watch your team play.

      There are 162+ baseball games. I know people who wouldn’t sacrifice watching their football game even for a playoff baseball game. Bet that hasa lot to do w/ratings.

    • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

      Good points. However, if I remember correctly, the 2000 WS had the lowest ratings of this decade–or close to it–along with the 2006 Tigers-Cardinals series.

      • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

        I stand corrected, last year’s WS had the worst ratings of the decade.

  • count crapulent says BOO

    I think a lot of people would like the Yankees to get their asses kicked and tune in to see it.

    Baseball is not over and I’m missing it already. Love baseball, hate the holidays. Winter is very long.

  • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

    34% and 48% increase in Games 1 and 2, respectively?
    Wow, I guess the Yankee haters are good for something.

    • Whitey14

      I’m not convinced it’s the haters. I haven’t watched more than a few innings of the games yet because even though I’d like the Yankees to lose, I don’t feel like wasting my time hating them. I have Vacation to use, but unlike years past, I’m not scheduling it around the series (I work nights). The major difference, if I had to guess, is the 10 million New Yorkers that are watching the series this year, but maybe didn’t watch it last year. Again, that’s a guess, I have no data to back it up.

      • Jack

        I’m not convinced it’s the haters. I haven’t watched more than a few innings of the games yet because even though I’d like the Yankees to lose, I don’t feel like wasting my time hating them.

        That’s the thing though. You’re not the average hater. For every one of you, there are about ten people who do feel like wasting their time hating the Yanks.

        • Whitey14

          This true Jack, but like I said, I’m just guessing and it’s certainly true that I could be giving the haters too much credit. Isn’t that sad to say though…life is too friggin’ short in my opinion.
          As for me, the wife and I will settle down in front of a movie and have some quality time together. (and probably snitch a piece of candy or two from the three year old’s bucket ;-)