(CBS) It’s tough being a baseball fan in Houston, where the Astros are coming off three straight seasons of at least 106 losses.
It’s actually so bad that virtually no one is tuning in from home to watch the Astros play.
Houston drew a 0.0 Nielsen rating for Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, according to the Houston Chronicle. That doesn’t mean no one in the greater Houston area tuned into Comcast SportsNet Houston; it just means none of the 579 TV set-top meters used to measure viewing habits on Monday were tuned in to the game, the Chronicle reported.
The Astros also pulled a 0.0 Nielsen rating for a September game last season that was opposite of a Houston Texans game, according to the Chronicle. This time, there was no football game, and the Astros were 3-3 instead of finishing off a 111-loss season.
More from the Chronicle, including the hilarious note that people actually were tuned in for Monday’s pregame show before calling it quits:
The pregame show, however, drew a 0.2 Nielsen rating, meaning that an average audience of about 4,600 viewers watched the show. None of those viewers with Nielsen boxes, however, stuck around to watch the proceedings.
It probably didn’t help that the Angels jumped off to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and stretched the lead to 8-0 before the Astros scored in the bottom of the eighth.
Another factor may have been that KRIV (Channel 26) aired a NASCAR race from Fort Worth on Monday afternoon, which likely drew some sports fans away from baseball. That broadcast had a 1.7 Nielsen rating.