A report published by Sports Business Journal on Monday highlighted midseason TV ratings across the board for all Major League Baseball clubs. The Reds certainly did well by drawing the top RSN rating of any team in the National League with an average mark of 8.45. In fact, only the Detroit Tigers received a higher rating among all 30 teams than the Reds did. This could bode well for the team when they head to the negotitation table with Fox Sports Ohio in a couple of years.
Here's an excerpt from that piece:
MLB’s other strong local media stories include the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals, who have posted their highest ratings on record. In addition, the Pittsburgh Pirates are experiencing their highest local TV numbers since 1997.
In Cincinnati, the Reds have parlayed their strong start on the field into the league’s second-highest local TV rating. Reds games have averaged an 8.45 rating on FS Ohio, up 8 percent from last year.
“Detroit and Cincinnati are great baseball markets, and the Tigers and Reds have given their fans a reason to cheer — and to tune in,” said Jeff Krolik, executive vice president for Fox Sports Networks. “Local ratings are up in many of our markets, which speaks to the overall strength of the game.”