Astros Pull In Historically Low TV Ratings

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – If the Astros were a scripted TV show, they might have been cancelled this season.

On Saturday Sept. 14, with a loss against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Astros set an all-time low for viewership in the Houston area with an average of 915 households.

Just to put that into comparison, according to the Nielsen ratings posted by The Houston Chronicle, the WNBA game on NBA-TV between the Chicago Sky and Minnesota Lynx drew an average of about 1,500 households in the Houston area.

Last season, the Astros had a game in which they averaged 1,100 households.  At that time,newspaper said it was the lowest rating game the team had since the 1980s.

According to FanGraphs, the Astros own 45 percent of Comcast SportsNet Houston, which pays the team $80 million a year to broadcast games.


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