Attendance is up, but local TV ratings were down six percent across Major League Baseball in 2012. Sports Business Daily has the full rundown of winners and losers. The Tigers were tops in average rating, with 9.13 percent of Detroit televisions tuned to FS Detroit during Tigers games, up 41.6 percent from last season. Behind the Tigers is a trio of NL Central teams: the Reds, Cardinals and Pirates. The Red Sox (yes, the bumbling, stumbling, 69-93, last place Red Sox) rounded out the top five.
The Astros had the worst ratings by audience share in the league, which shouldn't surprise you. Perhaps you'll be surprised that the Angels, with the phenomenal Mike Trout, and the AL West champion A's finished second- and third-to-last, respectively, but perhaps there are other things to do in California during the summer.