Baseball Night in America
Baseball Night in America logo.jpg
The current logo for Baseball Night in America.
Also known asMLB on Fox
Fox Saturday Baseball
GenreBaseball telecasts
Presented byJoe Davis
John Smoltz
Ken Rosenthal
Opening theme"MLB on Fox theme music" (2020–present)
"NFL on Fox theme music" (2012–2019)
ComposersNJJ Music (2020–present)
Scott Schreer (2012–2019)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons10
Production
Production locationsVarious MLB stadiums (game telecasts)
Fox Network Center, Los Angeles, California (studio segments, pregame, and postgame shows)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time180 minutes (varies depending on game length)
Production companyFox Sports
Release
Original networkFox
FS1/FS2 (overflow coverage only)
Original releaseMay 26, 2012 (2012-05-26) –
present
Chronology
RelatedMLB on Fox

Baseball Night in America is an American television presentation of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by Fox Sports for the Fox network.

Fox's coverage includes 17 weeks worth of coverage as of 2022. Coverage usually includes 2 to 4 separate games all starting at 7PM ET, local affiliates air the game of most interest to their audience.

History

While Fox has aired Fox Saturday Baseball games since 1996, Fox only began using the Baseball Night in America branding in 2012.[1] In the inaugural season, the Baseball Night in America branding was used for games from May 26 to July 7.[2]

Until 2021 (although it still airs currently), Baseball Night in America aired every Saturday from the last week in May to the second week in July. Beginning with the 2019 season, late season Fox Saturday Baseball games moved from the afternoon to prime time. therefore a separate section of games was added for September. Some of these September games aired on Thursday night as Thursday Night Baseball.[3]

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the 2020 season, Fox Saturday Baseball returned to airing some afternoon Saturday games. Fox aired Saturday primetime games between July 25 and August 1, and between September 12 and September 26, as well as on August 15.[4] Fox returned to their 2019 scheduling for the 2021 season.

For the 2022 season, Fox will air Baseball Night in America games every Saturday from May 26 to September 10, as well as on Saturday, October 1. Fox will also air two other weeks of prime time games in September as Thursday Night Baseball games. This is the result of Fox increasing the amount of games they air on broadcast television in their new television contract, as well as a side effect of the loss of Fox's Thursday night NFL games outside of local syndication.[5][6]

On air staff

Main articles: List of MLB on Fox broadcasters and List of current Major League Baseball broadcasters

Play-by-play commentators

Color commentators

Field reporters

Studio

Ratings

2020 season

Main article: 2020 Major League Baseball season

Date Matchup(s) Viewers (millions)
July 25 Yankees-Nationals 2.79
August 1 Red Sox-Yankees
Astros-Angels
2.07
August 15 Red Sox-Yankees
Athletics-Giants
1.80
September 12 Astros-Dodgers
Indians-Twins
1.64
September 19 Braves-Mets
White Sox-Reds
1.28
September 26 Phillies-Rays
Brewers-Cardinals
1.12

2021 season

Main article: 2021 Major League Baseball season

Date Matchup(s) Viewers (millions)
May 22 Dodgers-Giants
Cubs-Cardinals
Red Sox-Phillies
2.59
May 29 Braves-Mets
Giants-Dodgers
Brewers-Nationals
1.93
June 5 Red Sox-Yankees
Dodgers-Braves
Cubs-Giants
2.68
June 12 Cardinals-Cubs
Giants-Nationals
Astros-Twins
2.38
June 19 White Sox-Astros
Reds-Padres
1.41
June 26 Yankees-Red Sox
Cubs-Dodgers
2.43
July 3 Dodgers-Nationals
Red Sox-Athletics
Astros-Indians
2.12
July 10 Yankees-Astros
Cardinals-Cubs
Reds-Brewers
2.46
July 17 Red Sox-Yankees
Giants-Cardinals
Astros-White Sox
2.29
September 11 Yankees-Mets 2.40
September 18 Cubs-Brewers
Phillies-Mets
1.68
September 25 Braves-Padres
White Sox-Indians
1.18
October 2 Mets-Braves
Cardinals-Cubs
1.65

2022 season

Main article: 2022 Major League Baseball season

Date Matchup(s) Viewers (millions)
May 28 Dodgers-Diamondbacks
Phillies-Mets
Cubs-White Sox
1.96
June 4 Cardinals-Cubs
Angels-Phillies
1.81
June 11 Dodgers-Giants
Cubs-Yankees
2.10
June 18 Cardinals-Red Sox
Guardians-Dodgers
1.68
June 25 Dodgers-Braves
Rockies-Twins
1.95
July 2 Padres-Dodgers
Red Sox-Cubs
1.89
July 9 Yankees-Red Sox
Giants-Padres
2.64
July 16 Brewers-Giants
Red Sox-Yankees
2.38
July 23 Giants-Dodgers
Guardians-White Sox
1.75
July 30 Twins-Padres
Phillies-Pirates
Cardinals-Nationals
1.65
August 6 Yankees-Cardinals
Reds-Brewers
2.22
August 13 Mariners-Rangers
Yankees-Red Sox
2.08
August 20 Mariners-Athletics
Astros-Braves
Mets-Phillies
2.63
August 27 Giants-Twins
Braves-Cardinals
1.95
September 3 Mariners-Guardians
Twins-White Sox
1.52
September 10 Guardians-Twins
Angels-Astros
1.77
October 1 Rays-Astros
Mets-Braves
2.66

See also

References

  1. ^ "FOX Hearkens Back to the Baseball Network with 'Baseball Night in America'". 10 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Was Baseball Night in America a success this year for Fox?".
  3. ^ "Fox Sports and Major League Baseball Extend Rights Deal Through 2028". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  4. ^ "FOX Sports Announces 2020 MLB Regular Season Schedule on FS1 and FOX Deportes". 14 July 2020.
  5. ^ "FOX Sports Lays Out Its 2022 Major League Baseball Regular Season Schedule". 31 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Joe Davis Takes on Flagship Baseball Role at Fox Sports". 8 April 2022.