Author: KEVIN KLEPS
The Indians’ season opener at Houston drew a 5.7 rating on SportsTime Ohio on Monday night. A total of about 85,000 households tuned in, and STO’s rating was 58% better than the local viewership for ESPN’s broadcast of the game.
The SportsTime Ohio rating is more impressive when you consider that the audience was somewhat divided by ESPN televising the Tribe game, and the fact that the Duke-Wisconsin national championship contest started during the latter stages of the Tribe opener. Nationally, the Duke-Wisconsin matchup posted the largest national championship rating in 18 years, and it fared pretty well locally, too.
Cincinnati Reds start strong on the field and on FOX Sports Ohio
The Reds’ Opening Day 5-2 win over the Pirates generated an 18.63 household rating on FOX Sports Ohio in simulcast with WKRC (approx. 170K households), up over last year’s home opener rating (18.37 HH). It's the third highest rated Reds game on FOX Sports Ohio ever, and was the highest Opening Day rating in all of MLB.
The game ran from 4:00 to 7:30pm and included a 35-minute rain delay at the top of the 6th inning. The final hour of game play averaged over a 23 HH (over 214K households).
Leading up to the game, the network aired six hours of live programming covering the city-wide celebration and pre-game fanfare. With a broadcast team of eight, FOX Sports Ohio covered the festivities live from Washington Park, Findlay Market, Fountain Square and the Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party at The Banks as well as aired the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade live.
SportsTime Ohio beats ESPN in Indians season opener coverage
The Cleveland Indians – Houston Astros game last night posted a 6.1 household rating in Cleveland on SportsTime Ohio. STO’s rating beat ESPN’s coverage by 56% (3.91).
STO also hosted an hour-long Indians Live pre-game show live from the new set inside Progressive Field and a NEW show, Progressive Field: Revealed debuted following the game. CLICK for video
The next Indians game on STO is tomorrow as they take on the Astros. Indians Live pre-game show starts at 7:30pm with game coverage beginning at 8:00pm.