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No one watched the Astros on television Sunday

Sep 10, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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This season has been filled with sad tidbits about the Astros, but this might be one of the most depressing.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros’ win over the Reds was watched by an average of 1,092 households, which is the lowest in recorded history.

During no 15-minute period was the game watched by more than 0.18 percent of Houston’s televisions. Meanwhile, the Texans’ win over the Dolphins on Sunday afternoon was watched by an average of 485,127 households.

Just doing some quick match, that means approximately 444 times more people in Houston watched the Texans game than the Astros game.

  1. hotkarlsandwich - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    And this is surprising how?

    • melsh13 - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      It is surprising. I would have figured that nobody would have watched the game.

      • stex52 - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

        Amazingly, I actually watched it. Haven’t been watching many lately. Lay this one mainly on the Texans. But I gave up on football about 20 years ago so I had the game on while I worked around the house. I had no idea I was in such an elite group.

  2. sictransitchris - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    It’s to be expected; the Astros aren’t very good and it was the Texans’ first game in 6 months.

  3. frozenfie101 - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    This brings up the question, If the Astros win but no one is around to see it does it still count as a win?

    • CJ - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      that’s a clown question bro, the Astros don’t win.

  4. gerryb323 - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Compare this to the number of people who will watch Clemens’ return to Houston and they might just set a record for biggest ratings increase during one season ever.

  5. natslady - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    It’s gonna be a long road back… But it can be done. The Nats had, if I recall, TV audiences of less than 5K (or maybe it was radio) when they were losing 100+ games. Today, even with the RG3 great game, there was Nats’ reporting (and Orioles’ reporting) in the newspapers and Nats talk on the sports talk radio stations–and it wasn’t all Strasburg.

  6. bigleagues - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    For what it’s worth, I’ll bet more than 1,092 fantasy baseball managers tuned watched that game via MLB.TV or MLB Package.

  7. mybrunoblog - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    The Astros aren’t leaving the National League. They are limping out of the national league. Sad. The astrodome weeps.

    • natslady - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      I feel bad for you. The Astros were a class act when we were there. Best of luck in the AL.

      • vallewho - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

        At least the Astros can look forward to getting their butts kicked by a whole bunch of different teams next year. when does the games schedule for next year come out?

  8. number42is1 - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    of those 1092 1090 were Reds fans, 1 was a child being punished for stealing Daddy’s porn and the other was a murder/suicide couple that happened to have that channel on until the cops found them.

    • stex52 - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      I’m an Astros fan. I think that is funny. Don’t mind all the thumbs-downs.

  9. vanmorrissey - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Gee, Astros family and friends number that many. Must be since no one else would be watching this AA team.

  10. throughthewickets - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Actually, it was much sadder than that. 1,092 couldn’t find the remote.

  11. kacapaco - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    So, even family & friends of Astros players don’t watch the game anymore?

  12. adenzeno - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    Well, the Astros affiliates in Central Texas have stopped carrying Sunday games-That explains a lot of it…hat is bad business, plus moving to the AL has many Houston/NL fans mad

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