8:53am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: MLB All-Star Game Hits Low, 'Maya and Marty' Wraps Steady Run
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game continues to see ratings fatigue.
Preliminary returns — Nielsen's Fast National numbers — have the Fox game trailing last year's low by a significant margin. Ahead of time-zone adjustments, the showdown averaged a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers between 8 and 10 p.m. ET. (The comparable early numbers for last year's game brought a 2.8 rating in the key demo and more than 10 million viewers.)
It's a blow for baseball, which has seen the once-lofty All-Star Game drop steadily in recent years.
Audiences were much keener on NBC's America's Got Talent. Though off by two-tenths of a point from last year's season high, the competition series took a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and averaged 11.2 million viewers. It joined an even Maya and Marty, which wrapped its summer run with another 1.0 rating in the key demo.
CBS' Zoo (0.8 adults), ABC's To Tell the Truth (1.1 adults) and The CW's Containment (0.3 adults) all were steady with last week.