This at the Biz of Baseball somewhat amazed me. Ratings for Pirates games on FSN Pittsburgh were up almost 20% this season. For all the gnashing and rending of teeth from Yinzer Nation about trading away all these awesome players that we were losing 90+ games a season with, they don't seem to have minded tuning in on TV to watch.
I can only speculate as to why. Maybe it was Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones. Maybe the increased volume in high definition broadcasts. Maybe the fireworks and bobblehead crowds that propelled attendance to almost break-even against 2008 were starting to tune in on TV. Or those of us that actually watch baseball stayed away from the park and watched at home (I personally only made it to the home opener this year but every evening we were home I had the Buccos on). Maybe it was passersby rubbernecking at the trainwreck. Maybe there was nothing to watch all summer. Maybe all the lifelong Penguins fans that suddenly came out of the woodwork got confused and thought they were watching hockey.
At any rate, I was surprised to see the Pirates post the 8th largest increase in local TV ratings this season.