Coverage of baseball’s postseason action is a hit, with record viewer totals being reported by multiple TV outlets.
In the latest news, Fox Sports 1 said it hit a new high with last night’s coverage of Game 5 of the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals. The Royals beat the Astros 7-2 to advance to the American League Championship Series, where they will face the Toronto Blue Jays.
The cable channel reports that the game was the most-watched telecast in Fox Sports 1 history, with 5.944 million viewers. It broke the mark set by Game 4 of the 2014 National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, which delivered 5.092 million.
“FS1’s top three most-watched programs are now MLB postseason games: 2015 Astros-Royals ALDS Game 5, followed by 2014 NLCS Game 4 and 2014 NLCS Game 5 (4,891,000),” the network noted.
TBS also reported record numbers this week, noting that its MLB postseason telecasts were averaging 5.5 million total viewers through Tuesday, delivering the network’s highest viewer totals on record through the fourth games of the two National League Division Series.
“The network’s postseason coverage is up 42% among total viewers over last year (3,862,000 total viewers in 2014) and an even larger 48% increase among People 18-49,” TBS announced. “The corresponding 3.4 U.S. HH rating through nine games this year is also up 42% over a 2.4 U.S. HH rating to date in 2014, according to Nielsen Fast Nationals.”