10/31/2005: Soxtober? So what?
Over at The Hardball Times, Maury Brown (chair of SABR's Business of Baseball Comittee and owner of the Business of Baseball website crunches the numbers and reaches the obvious conclusion: if you didn't live in Chicago or Houston, you probably didn't give a shit about the World Series:
For the World Series, here’s the television breakdown comparing the 2005 World Series to the 2004 World Series between the Red Sox and the Cardinals:And from what we hear from St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold, apparently not everyone in Chicago is all that ecstatic, either:2005 World Series Nielson Ratings
Rating 2005/2004 % +/-
Game 1 9.5/17 13.7/25 -30.7%
Game 2 11.1/17 15.9/24 -30.2%
Game 3 13.1/23 17.3/25 -24.2%
Game 4 14.8/24 9.7/29 -24.9%
What do the numbers bear out? Welcome to the lowest rated World Series... ever. Yep, it averaged an 11.1 national rating with a 19 share, 7% lower than the previous low of 2002 between the Angels and Giants that garnered an 11.9 national rating with a 20 share.
WRIGLEYVILLE — The only reason a White Sox pennant is pinned up at all is that every Cubs opponent from this season gets one at Murphy's Bleachers, a bar in the shadow of Wrigley Field and a game-day hub of Cubdom.For all the talk of history being made, it's certainly panning out to be a yawner....
The pennant is purposefully hidden behind one of the TVs.
On Friday, all of the TVs were tuned to live coverage of the parade rolling proudly through Chicago's South Side and into downtown's ticker-tape tempest. Two Sox fans, regulars even in these parts, watched from the bar.
In the parade's third hour, a Cubs fan sneered: "We're into Day 5 of the White Sox parade?"
Len on 10.31.05 @ 06:47 PM CST