It used to be that no matter how mediocre the Marlins were, TV ratings pretty much held their own. Bad baseball is still baseball, after all. But that isn't the case with this year's team, which fans have figured out rather quickly is both bad and boring. Attendance is down. Way down. And so are the ratings
Marlins TV ratings have been dreadful, with the first two home games this week generating a 1.8 and 1.5 – numbers comparable to daytime game shows – followed by Wednesday’s embarrassing 0.8 – equaling .8 percent of Dade/Broward homes with TV sets. Conversely, opposing Heat games on Tuesday and Wednesday drew a 9.4 and 6.7...
Watching grass grow is more interesting than watching the Marlins' anemic lineup hang up zeroes, inning after inning. If the Marilns are shut out again tonight, they'll set a major league record for most blankings -- five -- in a team's first 10 games (at least since 1916, according to baseballreference.com).
My guess is rookie sensation Jose Fernandez, who takes the mound again on Saturday for his second big-league start, will nudge the ratings meter up a hair every five days. But if the hitless wonders continue flailing the way they have been, there could be a lot of empty screens in South Florida homes this summer whenever the Marlins are playing.