Relatively speaking, viewers still love the Home Run Derby (2002-2016 viewership)

July 11, 2016

Update: The 2016 Home Run Derby averaged 5.524 million viewers. Like the NFL’s Pro Bowl, there is always plenty of complaining about the event but the numbers are always relatively very good. I suspect that like the Pro Bowl, it may play pretty well as a family event on a day where there’s no other MLB competition. After decade-plus lows for 2014’s rain-delayed event, the 2015 event with a new format saw…

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Home Run Derby, Celebrity Softball, USA-Panama Gold Cup lead cable sports for Monday July 13, 2015

July 14, 2015

The Home Run Derby on ESPN averaged 7.126 million viewers and a adults 2.5 18-49 rating. That’s up from 32% from last year’s rain-delayed affair and was the most-watched Derby since 2009 (8.3M). Per ESPN viewership peaked from 10:00-10:30p with 7.517 million viewers. The Celebrity Softball game on ESPN from 10:42-11:41p ET averaged 2.972 million viewers and a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. The USA’s men’s final group stage match in…

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Home Run Derby draws 4.9 overnight rating, up 26% from 2014

July 14, 2015

Last night’s Home Run Derby drew a 4.9 overnight rating, up 26% vs last year. Last year was a decade-long+ low in viewership and a rain-delay didn’t help, but last night’s results were more or less on par with recent year’s besides last year. At least on Twitter it seems like the new Home Run Derby format drew universal praise. Per ESPN the Derby drew a 19.6 overnight in Cincinnati where this…

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Relatively speaking, viewers still love the Home Run Derby (2002-2015 viewership)

July 13, 2015

Update 2: This year’s Derby averaged 7.126 million viewers and was the most-watched since 2009 (8.3M). Update: in the overnight’s (which measure the largest 56 markets out of a total of 210) the Derby scored a 4.9 overnight rating. Up 26% vs last year but on par with other recent years – 2013 had a 5.0 overnight. Will add viewership when it’s available. Tonight marks the 30th anniversary of Major League…

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