Any numbers?/TV ratings?

Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by kingjackdaniel, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. kingjackdaniel

    Jul 16, 2004
    Dyer, IN
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Any word yet on TV viewership?

    Why do we schedule this against the NFL?

    Good game though.
     
  2. Rocket

    Rocket Member

    Aug 29, 1999
    Chicago
    Club:
    Everton FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. cosmojado

    cosmojado Member

    Oct 18, 2002
    in sin
    I don't think the ratings really reflect how many PEOPLE watched the game. Most fans tend to get together and watch as groups. So considering the small fanbase of MLS, ratings may not be a good reflection of what the real numbers are.
     
  4. Rommul

    Rommul Member

    Aug 26, 2003
    NYC
    Talk about getting out in front of bad news.

    That may be true of more popular sports but that is clearly not the norm for MLS.

    Why are we trying to put forth excuses before the news even comes out?
     
  5. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
    Interesting bits:

    If you were wondering whether going up against the NFL had an impact, there's some evidence.

    This is fascinating, too. There are only a handful of people who would watch a championship game on TV that wouldn't pay MLS's "exhorbitant prices" to watch an ordinary, regular season contest?

    Since, by definition, a high percentage of the people watching this game were hard-core types, I would think a Championship Final in MLS would be at least as social an activity as a regular season NFL game, and probably much more than your average golfing contest.
     
  6. Z010 Union

    Z010 Union Moderator
    Staff Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    USA Today reported the game as a national 0.8 :(
     
  7. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How many MLS Cup watch parties were you invited to on Sunday?
     
  8. harttbeat

    harttbeat Member+

    Dec 29, 1998
    New York
    higher than last yr
     
  9. Rommul

    Rommul Member

    Aug 26, 2003
    NYC
    I had to turn a lot of em down. It was a choice between the Victorias Secret party and the Swedish Bikini Team Party. I was torn.
     
  10. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
    Still a long way from the point where MLS can ask for any non-negligible TV revenue, though.
     
  11. Northside Rovers

    Jan 28, 2000
    Austin TX
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We have got a long way to go still.
     
  12. terp fan

    terp fan New Member

    Nov 21, 2000
    I don't have the link but USA Today had the weekend ratings for the top sporting events and the MLS Cup finish last by a mile.

    NFL 15.6 & 10.7
    Nascar 4.6
    college football 3.5 & 2.5
    MlS Cup .8
     
  13. Malkamus

    Malkamus New Member

    Jan 24, 2002

    Did anyone expect any different? This looks like about what I would expect. What was the rating last year?
     
  14. soccerfan

    soccerfan BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 13, 1999
    New Jersey
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    to bad for the . in front of the 8

    we seem to be stuck , 1.5 would be an achivement
     
  15. Wallydrag

    Wallydrag BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 24, 2002
    Oklahoma City
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've been asking around to different ABC affiliates. Mostly I went with the cities in the expansion forum, some other known expansion city possibilities and then Dallas.

    OKC - .3/1 Share

    Cleveland - Wouldn't give me the exact number but said it was less than a share.

    San Antonio - .9/1 Share

    As the others come in I'll post them. I'm still waiting on Dallas, Houston, Rochester, Portland, Seattle, Philly and SLC.


    One of the things the interests me is that normal, some people who don't regulary follow a sport will usually tune in for the final or event game like the MLS Cup final. I really think it was a case of if you weren't looking for it you'd never have found out about it.

    Hopefully Adidas will be able to help out next year when they're spending their own money to advertise their products via MLS. If Adidas present the Cup Final next year then maybe they'll spend some of their own dough to advertise more than MLS ever could.
     
  16. Detective40oz

    Detective40oz Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Fairfax, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    If you can find out DC as well that would be interesting, I'd like to see how the game did considering it was up directly against the Redskins game.
     
  17. MasterShake29

    MasterShake29 Member+

    Oct 28, 2001
    Jersey City, NJ
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1.0 in the NYC area (per Star-Ledger).

    It's the only time we can get on ESPN/ABC, who of course have wall to wall college football on Saturday. If you want MLS Cup on a Saturday, hope for a contract with FOX (the network), as they're the only major network that doesn't show college football (and baseball and NASCAR can be scheduled around I'd think).
     
  18. Wallydrag

    Wallydrag BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 24, 2002
    Oklahoma City
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'll see what I can do.
     
  19. Wallydrag

    Wallydrag BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 24, 2002
    Oklahoma City
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well, NBC only shows one game, Notre Dame vs whoever that week.
     
  20. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
    Well, obviously baseball would be easy to schedule around for the final if we kept playing it in November. As to the other parts of the season, I really don't think we can ask for any better than we've got now, and the Final ratings may not be up there near the top of the league's concerns.

    We're just not going to ahve any significant TV revenue or viewership in the near future. We're just not popular enough to get it.
     
  21. Wallydrag

    Wallydrag BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 24, 2002
    Oklahoma City
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    SLC - .9/1 Share
     
  22. crusio

    crusio New Member

    May 10, 2004
    Princeton
    Is exhorbitant prices meant to be sarcastic?? I suspect so. How much cheaper could they possibly price.... Anyway, I am sure this has been answered a million times before, but why is it on against the NFL?
     
  23. Wallydrag

    Wallydrag BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 24, 2002
    Oklahoma City
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't know if this will make much difference but it's actually .9/2.3 Share instead of 1 Share. Still .9 rating though.
     
  24. Delsocfan

    Delsocfan New Member

    Oct 23, 2004
    Wilmington, DE
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Here are the ratings for previous mls cups

    2003 Nov. 23 Carson Chicago vs. San Jose 3:30pm ET 0.6
    2002 Oct. 20 Foxboro New England vs. Los Angeles 1:30pm ET 0.8
    2001 Oct. 21 Columbus San Jose vs. Los Angeles 12:30pm ET 1.0
    2000 Oct. 15 Washington Chicago vs. Kansas City 1:30pm ET 0.7
    1999 Nov. 21 Foxboro Los Angeles vs. DC United 1:30pm ET 0.7
    1998 Oct. 25 Pasadena Chicago vs. DC United 3:30pm ET 1.0
    1997 Oct. 26 Washington Colorado vs. DC United 3:30pm ET 1.4
    1996 Oct. 20 Foxboro Los Angeles vs. DC United 3:30pm ET 1.4

    AVERAGES 1.0

    other Soccer TV rating info can be found at:

    http://kenn.com/soccer/tv.html
     

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