All Star Baseball TV Ratings Tepid

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

NEW YORK (AP) NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball's All-Star game is fading as a midsummer television attraction, but the adjunct Home Run Derby is becoming popular in its own right.
The Nielsen company says a little more than 8 million people watched Tuesday's All-Star game on Fox, enough to be the second-most popular thing on television after "America's Got Talent" last week. The derby where sluggers flex their muscles a day before the game was televised on ESPN and reached a respectable 5.4 million viewers.
New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso won the Home Run Derby. The American League took the All-Star game.
The four major broadcast networks all struggled to find viewers during a quiet July week. CBS was in the unusual position of fourth place, although summer ratings don't mean much to the networks.

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