More People Are Watching The Tigers Than Are Currently Alive in Detroit

Maury Brown has a super-interesting post on Forbes that lists the local television ratings for each of the major league teams (except the Dodgers and Astros, which have cable-system-carrying issues). Unsurprisingly, if you look at raw viewer numbers, the Yankees are #1 with an average of 251,000 people watching each game. But given the size of the New York market, that places them merely in the middle of the pack when it comes to the average household rating. #2 in viewers and #1 in rating — to my surprise — is the Tigers, with 156,000 average viewers.

Some quick research tells me that there are only 7 people currently living in Detroit.

So that’s a lot.

Marlins, Angels, and White Sox fans may not want to bother checking out the link, although I’m guessing none of you are reading this either.



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Jeremy Blachman is the author of Anonymous Lawyer, a satirical novel that should make people who didn't go to law school feel good about their life choices. Read more at McSweeney's or elsewhere. He likes e-mail.


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#keepnotgraphs...probably?

Eh. Not such a fan of this one. See, there might only be 7 white people in Detroit, but contrary to belief, a city composed of 82% black people can actually be a real city too. With people and everything!

(I’m not, of course, accusing you of intentionally offending, but I guarantee you that if Detroit was 80% white people, it would not be as ignored and ridiculed as much as it is. In fact, America probably would never have allowed it to be in the state it is today in the first place.)

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Jaydoubleu
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Jaydoubleu

Anyone who’s been to Detroit lately knows there’s at least two dozen white people waiting in line at Slow’s. And they’re probably drinking a Two Hearted watching the Tigers game while waiting.

Dr. Obvious
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Dr. Obvious

I think the point was there are only 7 people with jobs in Detroit

John Thacker
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John Thacker

Have you been to Appalachia? Heard any jokes about it or cousin marrying pill billies and the poorest counties in the country? It’s more than 80‰ white in that ghetto.

james wilson
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james wilson

Yes, we have heard the jokes. They’re not jokes.

If you count the natives in a ratio of three fifths, the population of Detroit is 400,000.

james wilson
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james wilson

If Detroit was 80% white it wouldn’t have problems worth hearing about. Duh.

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