The appearance of two big-market teams in the National League Championship Series that hadn’t tasted much playoff success in a while translated into big ratings for the series.
CNN reports that the just concluded four-game series, in which the New York Mets eliminated the Chicago Cubs, set viewership records for TBS and was the most-watched NLCS since 2010. The series averaged 7.9 million viewers.
“The Mets and Cubs series also gave TBS, which is the sister network of CNN, its biggest NLCS audience ever. TBS has aired the games since 2007,” CNN reports. “Game four, which saw the Mets beat up on the Cubs 8 to 3 to claim the NL pennant, brought in 7.9 million viewers on Wednesday night.”
Game three had the biggest audience, with 9.2 million viewers. TBS’s coverage of the baseball postseason as a whole saw a 48% increase over last year.
“The network’s broadcasting of the Wild Card, Division Series, and League Championship Series of the NL averaged 6.3 million total viewers over 14 games,” CNN reports.