After 18 days of Major League Baseball, MLB communications reports that MLBTV just set a 20-year viewership record. The news release claims ratings are up 12% compared to this time last year and 43% from 2019.
A real smoke signal that fan attendance and viewership go hand-in-hand.
With close games, exciting star performances & 2 no-hitters to begin the season, https://t.co/pzZW56BhAE registered the most-watched 18-day period in its 20-season history, including the 7 most-watched days ever.— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) April 19, 2021
Fans have already watched over 1.34 billion minutes of live games. pic.twitter.com/0bWyoZp19C
As most of the replies suggest, these ratings would be through the roof if blackouts never existed. If they allowed local fans to watch their hometown teams on MLBTV without the extra price of cable T.V., the ratings would balloon even further.
Baseball is surging despite undeserved suspensions, embarrassing extra inning rules, and the lack of a consistent DH-rule. Hopefully Manfred can now see that Americans are desperate to live their lives free of regulations. Fans will reward the sport in which they can enjoy their freedoms, so hopefully this trend continues.