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BASEBALL, HOCKEY FLOP ON SATURDAY

May 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sports, network television executives have presumably concluded, is the one thing that will attract viewers on Saturday night. That’s not the way things worked out this past Saturday, however, as neither a baseball game on Fox nor a hockey game on NBC drew a sizable audience. Hockey has traditionally been the least-watched sport on TV, and Saturday night’s NHL playoffs game between Chicago and Los Angeles was no exception, averaging just 2.37 million viewers. Still, that figure was greater than the 1.85 million who watched Fox’s MLB game of the week. (Depending on the area of the country, the game featured interleague contests between Washington and St. Louis, Cincinnati and Milwaukee, or Los Angeles (Angels) and Atlanta.) It averaged just 1.89 million viewers. The highest-rated show of the night, two hours of repeat features from CBS’s 48 Hours, averaged 4.0 million viewers.