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Pregame show gets slight bump

7/15/2009 - MLB

NEW YORK -- The All-Star Game's television ratings are down slightly from last year.

Fox said Wednesday that the American League's 4-3 win Tuesday night earned a 8.9 fast national rating and 15 share. That's down 4 percent from the 9.3/16 for the first nine innings of the 15-inning marathon in 2008.

Ratings were up 3 percent for the pregame show, which included President Barack Obama throwing out the first pitch.

Ratings represent the percentage of all households with televisions, and shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.