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Astros literally had no TV viewers for Monday’s game against Angels

- April 9th, 2014

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It was a repeat performance for Houston Astros fans sitting at home.

The woeful American League club played a game Monday afternoon at Minute Maid Park, but managed to register a 0.0 Nielsen rating on Comcast SportsNet Houston, reports the Houston Chronicle. The Astros were crushed by the Angels 9-1.

This is the second time the former National League franchise has failed to attract a TV audience. The first came Sept. 22, 2013 when the Astros played in Cleveland against the Indians opposite an NFL game featuring the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens.

Nielsen said of the 579 meters used to measure viewing habits, none tuned into the game. However, the pregame show drew a 0.2 Nielsen rating, or about 4,600 viewers.

The Astros are in this predicament after slashing their payroll following the November 2011 sale to new ownership and now field a glorified Triple-A baseball team.

For the past three seasons, the Astros managed to lose at least 100 games. They may well on their way to a fourth.

Time for baseball fans in Houston to turn the TV off until things turn around. This might take a while.

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