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MediaWeek reports Fox’s telecast of the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game delivered an average audience of 14.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched midsummer classic since 2002.mlb all stars

Tuesday night’s contest now stands as the sixteenth most-watched sporting event of 2009 since Super Bowl XLIII, which drew a record 98.7 million viewers to NBC on Feb. 1. Also putting up big numbers this year were: the NCAA National Championship Game (17.6 million); the Kentucky Derby (16.3 million); Game 4 of the NBA Finals and the Daytona 500 (both drew 16 million).

(Counting the 10 NFL Playoffs that aired in January on Fox, CBS and NBC, the All-Star Game ranks 16th among all sports telecasts in 2009. For instance, the Jan. 18 Ravens-Steelers AFC Championship on CBS averaged 40.6 million viewers, while Fox’s presentation of the Eagles-Cardinals NFC Championship drew 38.4 million viewers. All told, the NFL Playoffs drew an average audience of 29.9 million viewers.)
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mlballstarI have to say I was not impressed with Fox’s coverage of the 2009 MLB All-Star game. I tweeted and Facebooked during the entire game. First, fans were not happy that the game was believed to start at 8:00 p.m. but did not actually get underway until 8:50 p.m. We didn’t know if it was a time zone thing or if the network was just trying to get us to watch the pre-game fluff. I enjoyed it all, but it seemed to go on forever and it slowed down the momentum. Also, the fans were annoyed by Joe Buck for some reason. He even became a trending topic on Twitter. The best part of the night for me (besides cheering on the six Boston Red Sox players-Congrats fellas) was watching President Obama “chill” in the press box, talking baseball with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. As a communicator, I love watching him interact with the press. One of the announcers seemed to not be interested at all in talking to him, but by the end of the segment, he was asking could the president stay another segment.
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