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Nats TV ratings no longer last

It's been a season of mild progress for the Nats. Their record is bad but no longer terrible, their attendance is middling but not embarrassing, and they finally have more than one genuine actual Major League Baseball superstar.

And for Internet jokesters like me, here's even more mildly awesome progress: the Nats no longer have the worst regional television ratings in Major League Baseball.

SportsBusiness Journal's John Ourand reported Monday morning that the Nats have emerged from the baseball ratings basement for the first time since arriving in D.C., and that their 1.34 average household rating on MASN and MASN2 through the All-Star break was better than both the Angels and the A's.

In real numbers, the team's broadcasts are averaging 31,000 households in the Washington market, better than the Royals local audience (27,000) and tied with the A's. That's more than three times the number of households from the dark, dark days of 2008, when the Nats' 9,000 households became a reliable punchline. Even last season, when the Nats on MASN were proportionally the biggest gainers in MLB local TV ratings, the final number was a paltry 0.60, again according to SBJ. That means things are up well more than 100 percent since then.

Ourand also reported on Monday that the Nats games on MASN and MASN2 average a 4.4 when Stephen Strasburg pitches, which is absurd.

The Red Sox have led the regional TV ratings for six years, but the Cardinals were on top of this year's list with a 9.70 rating.

Also on Monday, I was supposed to start a vacation. Whoops.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 26, 2010; 8:43 AM ET
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Comments

I watch them every game I can. They will mirror the Caps one day. Go Nats!

Posted by: ridgely1 | July 26, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

They have had their chances this year... first, when they were 20-15, and second, when Strasburg showed up. But they have not taken advantage of those opportunities and lost traction and have slipped backwards. I though it was critical of Rizzo to make a move the middle of June to keep things moving "forward".

Posted by: 1of9000 | July 26, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

This is Strasburg related of course. I love the Nats, but they've been darn near unwatchable in most regards. The dfense........

Posted by: TMICRO | July 26, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Why can't MASN assign a permanent place for the Nats. Either make them MASN HD or MASN2 HD.

Why does it have to move all the time?

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | July 26, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Why can't MASN assign a permanent place for the Nats. Either make them MASN HD or MASN2 HD.

Why does it have to move all the time?
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Maybe so us clowns with Verizon Fios can watch them in HD every now and again.

Posted by: richs91 | July 26, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Why can't MASN assign a permanent place for the Nats. Either make them MASN HD or MASN2 HD.

Why does it have to move all the time?

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | July 26, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse


Because Peter Angelos is a greedy SOB who still can't accept the fact that DC now has a baseball team of its own.

Posted by: stwasm | July 26, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

The worst thing my father ever did to me was make me a Cubs fan - I have finally broken away (after 62 years) from the head case Cubs this year and am extremely enthusiastic about the Nats - every game is on TV - they play as hard as they can (I have no problem with errors of commission over those of ommission) - and they do not need a team shrink. It is truly fun watching them grow into what I think will be a solid team even by the end of this season. Hernandez, Strasburg, Zimmerman a good core to build around. How about moving Morgan to the #8 spot (would not be walked to get to the pitcher as he will steal second) and putting Bernadina in lead-off?

Posted by: fbrems2003 | July 26, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Fios has MASN2 in HD on 501

Posted by: amorris525 | July 26, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

one word why their ratings have increased - DIBBLE

Posted by: bzerante1 | July 26, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

i happen to like Dibble.

in Richmond we get stuck with the Orioles more often than the Nationals...and when we get the Nationals, its always Atilano or Martin....can't wait for hockey to start.

Posted by: outrbnksm | July 26, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

yes, thank the Lord almighty that Verizon finally got off their butts and at least added 501 so we can watch games in HD if not adding a whole MASN2 HD channel.

I was shocked to find 501 last week but over joyed none the less!

Posted by: Rogueone | July 26, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

"they finally have more than one genuine actual Major League Baseball superstar".

Strasburg. That's it. Zimmerman is a fine player, and he'd probably start at his position for 20 or more teams. But a superstar? Not even close. He's only a superstar to the same extent Ryan Sweeney was a superstar for the Royals in recent years - best player on a bad team, very good in his own right, but wildly overrated by local fans who have been without a true superstar for so long they no longer know what one looks like.

Posted by: CRM1776 | July 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Why can't MASN assign a permanent place for the Nats. Either make them MASN HD or MASN2 HD.

Why does it have to move all the time?

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | July 26, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse


Because Peter Angelos is a greedy SOB who still can't accept the fact that DC now has a baseball team of its own.

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I'm not going to defend the guy, but how does this have anything to do with it? It's all about coverage. At this point now that it soulds like Fios is on board most of the providers in DC/Balt metro area have both channels in HD, but I think that some of the outlying areas like PA and NC still only have MASN1HD.

If Angelos were doing this out of greed, he'd just go ahead and put the O's on MASN1HD 100% of the time since their his team and get better TV ratings.

Posted by: dugly2ugly | July 27, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Why can't MASN assign a permanent place for the Nats. Either make them MASN HD or MASN2 HD.

Why does it have to move all the time?

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | July 26, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse


Because Peter Angelos is a greedy SOB who still can't accept the fact that DC now has a baseball team of its own.

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I'm not going to defend the guy, but how does this have anything to do with it? It's all about coverage. At this point now that it soulds like Fios is on board most of the providers in DC/Balt metro area have both channels in HD, but I think that some of the outlying areas like PA and NC still only have MASN1HD.

If Angelos were doing this out of greed, he'd just go ahead and put the O's on MASN1HD 100% of the time since their his team and get better TV ratings.

Posted by: dugly2ugly | July 27, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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