The Cardinals’ Alex Reyes pitches for the National League in the eighth inning of the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
The Cardinals’ Alex Reyes pitches Tuesday for the National League in the eighth inning of the All-Star Game.
The All-Star Game continues to be a big draw in St. Louis in terms of television viewership compared to the rest of the country, but is on the decline overall.
The contest Tuesday in Denver (KTVI, Channel 2 locally), was seen in 8.7% of homes in the market with a TV. That’s according to Nielsen, which tracks viewership, and ranks sixth nationally. That’s after St. Louis was second for three of the previous four games, with the other coming in eighth.
The rating is up a tad from the last All-Star Game, in 2019, which drew an 8.2 figure. But, like most TV shows, the general trend is sharply downward. From 2002-18, the worst STL rating was 10.4. From 2010-18 the average was 14.0.
Nationally, Fox’s telecast averaged 8.24 million viewers, up about 100,000 from the 2019 game. But the 2019 figure was for in-home viewing only. This year’s figure includes public places. San Diego (12.2) was the top-rated market.
Meanwhile, St. Louis was 41st nationally in viewership for Monday’s Home Run Derby. ESPN’s telecast had a 4.6 rating locally. Kansas City, with a rating of 8.2, led the nation. Across the county it averaged 7.1 million viewers.
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