According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the Phillies rank third in Major League Baseball with 7.2% of all televisions tuning to the Phillies when they're on. That is up 16% over last year, meaning over 212,000 people watch Phillies home games, on average.
Only the Cardinals and Twins have more viewers, percentage wise, in market. The Yankees, of course, have more total viewers, averaging 328,000 per game. But since they are in the country's largest market, that's only good for 4.2% of televisions, down from 5.4% last season.
This means over 212,000 people have to put up with Tom McCarthy (or "McArskey") and Chris Wheeler on a nightly basis. Interestingly, 159,000 people listen to each game on the radio, which seems comparatively high (perhaps to escape Wheeler?) We certainly direct a lot of hate Wheeler's way, and to a lesser extent, at McCarthy. It seems like most of our readers share our view, but let's put it to a vote.
Three questions. Who do you want doing play-by-play? Who is your favorite Phillies announcer overall? And which broadcast do you prefer?