The Cardinals-Cubs contest Sunday won’t be on ESPN’s prime-time national telecast this weekend, after both of the previous Sunday matchups between the teams were featured — and so will be the one the following weekend, on July 29.
But the game this Sunday still will garner nationwide TV exposure, as TBS carries it as part of its Sunday afternoon schedule of games that will be appearing the rest of the season. There are no local blackouts of the production this weekend, so it is to air in St. Louis as well as the Cardinals-oriented telecast on Fox Sports Midwest at 1:20 p.m.
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analysis) have the TBS broadcast assignment. For FSM, it’s Dan McLaughlin (play-by-play) and Tim McCarver (analysis).
St. Louis shines in baseball ratings • St. Louis fared poorly in television ratings for the recent World Cup soccer tournament but remains a hotbed for baseball viewership.
The market is No. 1 nationally among individual teams’ local telecast ratings, and it again had a strong performance in viewership for the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. St. Louis ranked second for Fox’s telecast of the game (KTVI, Channel 2 locally) and tied for 10th for the Derby (on ESPN).
It marked at least the 17th consecutive year that St. Louis has outperformed the national average — often by a significant amount. Ratings for the events are readily available dating to 2002.