All-Star TV Ratings Strike Out

Baseball viewers down 10% from last year
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2007 4:12 AM CDT
American League's Ichiro Suzuki, of the Seattle Mariners, celebrates with Derek Jeter (2), of the New York Yankees, after Suzuki hit an inside the park, two-run home run in the fifth inning of the All-Star...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Television ratings for Major League Baseball's All-Star game this week dipped 10% under last year,  Bloomberg reports. The 8.4% rating is the second lowest for an All-Star game since 1967, even though the total number of viewers increased to 31.4 million from last year's 31.2 million.

Officials of Fox network, which provided coverage of the American League's 5-4 win over the National League, don't consider the figures a tragedy, however. The show won the highest rating of any prime-time network program since the May 23 "American Idol" finale. Tuesday's figures were also the year's best of all professional All-Star games.