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2012 mlb all-star game

Did Viewers Stick With Last Night’s Blowout to Watch R.A. Dickey?

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10:  National League All-Star R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets pitches in the sixth inning during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) R.A. Dickey.

Here are a couple of facts: R.A. Dickey entered the All-Star Game in the sixth inning last night, and ratings for the game peaked between 10 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., when Dickey entered the game. Bob Raissman of the Daily News writes today that "[t]he peak rating suggests viewers stayed with the one-sided tilt, won by the NL 8-0, to watch Dickey." Now, those two things aren't necessarily related — maybe folks turned the game on at 10 p.m. after watching something else and got bored quickly, or perhaps the Carlos Ruiz Fan Club was waiting for the catcher to enter the game with his borrowed, oversize glove — but we'd at least like to believe that America made it a point to watch the knuckleballer pitch in his first All-Star Game.

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Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images