It’s a number that should give the owners of the Houston Astros pause…
The baseball teams’ Sept. 14 game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was apparently watched by fewer viewers in the Houston area than a recent Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) game. According to Nielsen ratings, the Astros game drew an average of just 915 households in the Houston metropolitan area, compared to 1,500 households for the women’s basketball game, CBS News notes.
Not that Astros fans had much reason to watch the game. The Angels won 6-2.
Low rated Astros games are nothing new. The team hit historic ratings lows last season when one game was watched by an average of just 1,100 households in the city.
Comcast (CMCSA) SportsNet Houston pays the team $80 million a year for the rights to broadcast its games. The Astros hold a 45% stake in the network.
The Angels have their own problems, however. On Sunday, their game against the Seattle Mariners was twice delayed due to swarms of bees in the outfield. A fire extinguisher was used to dispel the bees.