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Cardinals TV ratings near the top of MLB despite decline

The St. Louis Cardinals are near the top in TV ratings in Major League Baseball.
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St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Edman, center, is congratulated after his three-run home run against the Mariners during the ninth inning on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals’ local television ratings on Fox Sports Midwest are near the top of the pack in Major League Baseball, but are down year-over-year amid the midway point of the season.

While the Cardinals may be sagging in the Major League Baseball standings, they are near the top of the pack in overall home attendance so far in the 2019 season.

Through Sunday, the final day before the MLB All-Star break, Cardinals games on Fox Sports Midwest have drawn a 6.2 average household rating, according to Nielsen. 

The ratings are down 8 percent compared with the same point of last season, according to Fox Sports Midwest. In prime time, Cardinals telecasts on Fox Sports Midwest are averaging a 6.6 household rating, ranking as the top programming in prime-time locally since the start of the 2019 season. 

The ratings are a percentage of homes in the St. Louis market tuned in, on average, at any given point during a game.

The developer behind the $63 million PowerPlex sports complex in Hazelwood said Tuesday that an NBA All-Star and St. Louis native has joined the ownership group of the development.

Currently, the Cardinals rank No. 2 in MLB this season for local television ratings, trailing only the Milwaukee Brewers. 

The Minnesota Twins rank behind the Cardinals at No. 3 in MLB. The Cardinals have finished in the top three overall for local MLB television ratings in each of the previous 19 seasons.

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