PHILLIES FAILED ON THE FIELD BUT TV RATINGS SHOT UP 21%!

By Paul Brodkey

The Phillies were a failure on the field, missing the playoffs for the eighth straight season and their manager and GM are in danger of losing their jobs.

But they were boffo on TV.

They averaged a 4.25 household rating (about 119,700 households), a 21 percent increase over 2018. But the ratings were largely powered by a strong start fueled by interest in newly-acquired slugger Bryce Harper, and not surprisingly, began to wain as the team fell out of contention for the playoffs.

Over the first two months of the season, the Phillies were averaging a 4.6 household rating (about 129,600 households) locally. By the All-Star break, that number had already dipped to a 4.4 rating (about 123,900 households).

The same goes for attendance. The Phillies averaged over 33,672 fans per game at Citizens Bank Park this season, the highest number since 2013. But over the teams first 31 home games, the Phillies averaged 35,396 fans per game, and over their last 15, average attendance dipped all the way down to 29,564.

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