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Baseball Championship on TBS Posts Record Low Ratings Numbers

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.

Comments (1)

No wonder the National League playoffs had low ratings. Not everybody watches cable, you know!
The high ratings of the American League prove that.

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