UPDATE: FOX Sports gets record-low rating for MLB All-Star game
The 8.1 overnight rating for FOX Sports' coverage of Tuesday's Major League Baseball All-Star game turned out to be a tad bit high.
The final rating for the game was announced late Wednesday afternoon by FOX Sports, and it turned out to be a record-low 6.8 with a 12 share. It didn't help that the National League blew out the American League, 8-0. The NL scored five runs in the first inning, and three more in the second.
The rating 4 hundredths of a point below last year’s figure (6.9/12). The viewership for last year's game was 11 million.
There was some good news for FOX Sports. The total audience that watched any portion of the game was 27.7 million, up 7 percent from last year, and the initial rating at the start of the game was 6.5/12, up 7 percent from last season and the best for the All-Star game since 2009.
Meanwhile, MLB announced that it saw a 257 percent increase in total public Twitter/Facebook comments (807,603) versus last year. Twenty-seven All-Star game topics trended worldwide last night, and #ASG was in 245,362 social media comments.