MLB Had The Highest Rated All-Star Game In Sports This Year

This year's MLB All-Star Game was the most watched since 2010 making it the highest rated All-Star event among pro sports this year, according to Forbes. This seems remarkable—but it isn't just a one-year Jeter spike.

While the MLB ASG had a higher household rating than the Pro Bowl this year, the Pro Bowl has fared slightly better in recent years. We took a look over the past few years, and both events bring in similar viewership, ranging from 10.9 million to 13.4 million viewers since 2010. These numbers dwarf the NBA All-Star Game, which has seen viewership range from 6.8 million to 9.1 million since 2010. Meanwhile, the dipshit NHL has played just two All-Star games since 2010. It got 1.3 million to 1.5 million viewers in 2011 and 2012, but those years were sandwiched between lockouts and the Olympics. The hockey All-Star game will be back next year, we think.

MLB Had The Highest Rated All-Star Game In Sports This Year

These numbers only look at the All-Star games themselves. The NBA also hosts All-Star Saturday Night, which brings in additional viewers. Dunk and three-point contests attract viewers that might not watch the All-Star Game. Similarly, the home run derby holds its own on cable programming, and the NHL's Skills Competition is likewise excluded. The NFL doesn't really have an equivalent of these events. Above are a graph and table showing household ratings and viewers for each of the league's All-Star games since 2010. Below, you can see how they stack up in a bar graph form The Atlantic from earlier this year, which shows the viewership for non-all-star events, wherein the NFL regular season outpaces MLB's World Series.

MLB Had The Highest Rated All-Star Game In Sports This Year

Even though we don't have time-slot-specific numbers for these (we reached out to Nielsen and haven't heard back), baseball somehow finding itself out in front makes some sense given that baseball has the most games, and also its all-star game most resembles an actual game.

[ Forbes]

YearLeagueRatingViewers
2010MLB7.512,100,000
2010NFL7.112,297,000
2010NBA3.86,846,000
2011MLB6.911,000,000
2011NFL7.713,406,000
2011NBA5.29,093,000
2011NHL0.81,481,000
2012MLB6.810,900,000
2012NFL7.312,498,000
2012NBA4.47,070,000
2012NHL0.81,317,000
2013MLB6.911,000,000
2013NFL7.112,156,000
2013NBA4.68,000,000
2014MLB711,340,000
2014NFL6.611,378,000
2014NBA4.37,500,000