In case you missed it – and judging by the ratings, you did – the AL beat the NL, 4-2, in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game. Indeed, the Midsummer Classic received a 5.4 rating, breaking the previous low of 6.6 that was set in 2015.
This is a problem for baseball, right?
Scott Miller says no.
“I think the choices among the channels, I think that’s one reason why the ratings go down,” the Bleacher Report MLB writer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Other than the Super Bowl, across the board ratings are down for everything. In 1975, Happy Days was the No. 1 sitcom in the country. You look at those ratings then to whatever’s No. 1 now, and the ratings are not today for those shows what they used to be.”
Approximately 8.7 million viewers watched the All-Star Game. More than five million of those viewers were over the age of 50. Only 1.2 million viewers – or thereabouts – were aged 18-34.
“The kids today, they’re watching stuff on their computers and phones and they just don’t watch TV,” Miller rationalized. “My daughter just finished her freshman year of college. When I went off to college, I needed a moving van because I had giant stereo components and I needed to bring a TV. When I moved my daughter into college, it was unbelievable. Kids today, forget the stereo. They all have their little iPods with their ear buds and forget a TV. You would have never ever got me to go to college without a TV so that I could watch, in those days, my Detroit Tigers and all my Michigan teams.
“Today, kids just watch stuff on their computer,” Miller continued. “They stream all the shows. If my daughter misses her favorite show tonight, it’s not a big deal because she’s going to stream it tomorrow. So I don’t think this generation is conditioned (to schedule their lives around television). They watch things when they want to watch it. They stream shows and all that. I think kids are watching baseball, but maybe not all the kids are going to make an appointment on a Tuesday evening in July at 8 o’clock to sit down and watch the All-Star Game.”
Miller also addressed the impending lawsuit that could be headed MLB’s way. Vincent White, who represents Jenrry Mejia, intends to sue MLB for “years of corruption” regarding the league’s PED policy.
Miller isn’t holding his breath.
“I’m not saying there’s nothing there – maybe it will be the story of the century – but I will say this,” he said. “It’s the lawyer for Jenrry Mejia, who was stupid enough to get caught for performance-enhancing drugs three times. He’s suspended for life because he failed not one performance-enhancing drug test, not two, but three. So they’ve got all kinds of axes to grind. Maybe there’s something to the suit, but as of right now, the fact that it’s the lawyer for a guy that has been caught failing PED tests three times and suspended for life, they’re going to have to show me a lot.”