The first National League Championship Series broadcast on cable is over and the ratings for the week ended Oct. 14 paint a less-than-pretty picture for TBS, with the series posting record lows.
Averaging a 2.8 rating/6 share, the Colorado Rockies-Arizona Diamondbacks series on TBS was hurt by several things, including a Rockies four-game sweep, a 10 p.m. start time for two games and its two little-known, small-market teams.
The series is down 61 percent from last year’s NLCS pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the New York Mets, which averaged a 7.1/12 on Fox.
The American League Championship Series on Fox, however, is up 15 percent from last year in ratings (6.2/11 vs. 5.4/10).
For the first four games of the Boston Red Sox-Cleveland Indians series, ratings have increased for each game (4.8/9, 5.8/12, 6.7/11 and 8.2/13).
CBS posted incredible numbers for its Sunday national football game, a monster 18.0/34. The game featured the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots, both entering the match undefeated. The ratings are the best for a Sunday afternoon game since 1996. It’s also the highest rated program on television since the “American Idol” finale in May.
Fox’s NFL coverage also put up solid numbers, with a 10.9/25, up 18 percent from last year’s NFL Week 6 9.2/21.
See the entire sports week's ratings here.