After the Rays last homestand, we saw that attendance is down 5.2% from last year at the same point. But don’t think for a moment that nobody cares about the Rays. TV ratings for the Rays are at an all-time high and are showing the Rays to be one of the most popular teams in MLB.
Notes on the Rays TV Ratings…
- The Rays Regional Sports Network (RSN) should also include Sun Sports.
- The Rays local TV ratings rank 7th in MLB and are up 70.9% from last year. Only the Washington Nationals have had a higher jump from 2009 (139.3%)
- The average number of households watching Rays games ranks 8th in MLB and is up 69.4% from last year. Again, this trails only the Nationals (140.7%).
- The Red Sox, who had the highest ratings the last 6 years, are down to 5th this year.
Much of this has to do with fact that the Rays are now available in more households than ever before. Still, to see that only 7 teams have more households turning in to watch their games is truly mindboggling. And it just adds more support to the argument that Rays attendance is all about the stadium.