Although DuPuy said ratings for the first round of playoffs were strong, he said the audience size for the first two games of the N.L.C.S. had not been as good.
“So far, they have not measured up,” DuPuy said, adding that accurate figures would not be available until Monday.
Part of the reason for low ratings, he said, was “these are two young teams the nation doesn’t know that much about yet.”
“We’re hoping if this were to be a long series, the ratings would grow with the story line,” he said
DuPuy played down the idea that the games’ being broadcast on cable was an issue, saying, about “93 percent or 94 percent” of the nation had access to cable television.
DuPuy is truly an idiot.
Of course games being on cable is an issue. There is a reason that the most watched telecasts of the year are all on broadcast.
93-94% of US homes have ACCESS to cable but it doesn't mean they have it. Many seniors can only afford "basic" which is just the broadcast channels and local access.
Last season ONE game on cable cracked the Top 100 program list and it was a ESPN Monday Night game ( it doesn't say which one )
Tonight they are starting Game 4 in Denver after 10 PM in the East. That is insanity....Boston/Cleveland should have started at 4 in the east and then the game in Denver at 8. But Fox doesn't want to lose the money their local stations make running news, Seinfeld and Simpsons reruns.
First of all the fact is almost 70% of the US lives in the eastern and central time zones. When you have games ending at close to 2 AM they can't be included in most morning newspapers.
What was MLB thinking yesterday to have the game in Denver start at 8:30 Eastern time on a Sunday. You allow NBC a head start with Sunday Night Football which is folly.
Having a 10:10 PM Eastern start for a NLCS on a weekday night is beyond insanity. People DO have to work the next day and will not stay up to 2 AM for a team they have no rooting interest in.
Last year during the LCS series I was in Seattle and I found I loved the games starting at 5 PM local time. Even if they went 4 hours they were over by 9-9:30.
Yet how many Mets fans fell asleep back in NY.