Full disclosure, my employer, WTSP-TV, was No. 1.
Rank Network HH Rtg 1 10 WTSP CBS 5.54 2 RAYS ON SUN 4.32 3 8 WFLA NBC 3.07 4 13 WTVT FOX 2.83 5 28 WFTS ABC 2.76 6 TNT 1.81
Nevertheless, the Rays' last-in-the-league attendance isn't the only thing getting noticed this week:
Last night's #Rays game drew a 6.3 household rating in Tampa Bay. 115,000 homes. Tied for highest of the season, per Fox Sun Sports.
— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) July 30, 2014
#Rays average local TV audience this year is 79,000. That would rank 6th in the NBA, behind only NY, LAL, Mia, Chi, GSFOXSports also reports at least a 40% increase in July 2014 ratings, compared to June 2013. And the team's recent winning streak has drawn at least a 5.0 HH rating eight games in a row.
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) July 30, 2014
Fuel to the fire for Rays fans who insist the team has broad support across the Greater Tampa Bay television market...as well as those (i.e. yours truly) who insist the team will make a boatload when it renegotiates its television contract, which is up at the end of 2016.