MLB League Championship Series Numbers Game

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Ratings and viewership for the Major League Baseball League Championship Series dating back to 2002.

The 2011 LCS concluded over the weekend, as the Rangers and Cardinals both closed out their series in six games. Ratings declined by double-digits for both series.

In the American League, the Rangers/Tigers series averaged a 4.4 rating, down 20% from last year’s NLCS on the network (5.5). In the National League, Cardinals/Brewers averaged a mere 2.9 on TBS, down 43% from last year’s ALCS on the network (5.1), and the second-lowest rated LCS ever.

The numbers were certainly a far cry from previous years. It may seem like ancient history now, but the 2004 Red Sox/Yankees ALCS averaged a whopping 11.7 rating on FOX, up from a similarly massive 10.7 for the same matchup a year earlier.

Average Ratings For MLB League Championship Series since 2006

Game-by-Game LCS Ratings Dating Back to 2002
** Game 4 of 2011 ALCS was scheduled to begin at 4 PM ET, but did not start until shortly before 6:30 PM due to rain.
* Game aired as part of a split-national telecast.
^ Game 5 of 2004 NLCS did not air on FOX nationally until 11 PM ET due to extra innings in Game 5 of the ALCS.

2011

ALCS: RANGERS 4, TIGERS 2
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Sat., 10/8/11 8 PM DET 2, TEX 3
1
TEX 1-0
FOX
3.5
5,770
Mon., 10/10/11 4 PM DET 3, TEX 7
2
TEX 2-0
FOX
4.2
6,568
Tue., 10/11/11 8 PM TEX 2, DET 5
3
TEX 2-1
FOX
5.3
8,395
Wed., 10/12/11 4 PM** TEX 7, DET 3
4
TEX 3-1
FOX
5.2
8,370
Thu., 10/13/11 4 PM TEX 5, DET 7
5
TEX 3-2
FOX
3.9
5,675
Sat., 10/15/11 8 PM DET 5, TEX 15
6
TEX 4-2
FOX
4.6
7,702

NLCS: CARDINALS 4, BREWERS 2
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Sun., 10/9/11 4 PM STL 6, MIL 9
1
MIL 1-0
TBS
2.1
3,350
Mon., 10/10/11 8 PM STL 12, MIL 3
2
TIE 1-1
TBS
1.9
3,021
Wed., 10/12/11 8 PM MIL 3, STL 4
3
STL 2-1
TBS
2.8
4,282
Thu., 10/13/11 8 PM MIL 4, STL 2
4
TIE 2-2
TBS
3.7
5,650
Fri., 10/14/11 8 PM MIL 1, STL 7
5
STL 3-2
TBS
3.4
5,461
Sun., 10/16/11 8 PM STL 12, MIL 6
6
STL 4-2
TBS
3.6
5,938

2010

ALCS: RANGERS 4, YANKEES 2
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Fri., 10/15/10 8 PM NYY 6, TEX 5
1
NYY 1-0
TBS
5.0
8,111
Sat., 10/16/10 4 PM NYY 2, TEX 7
2
TIE 1-1
TBS
3.6
5,831
Mon., 10/18/10 8 PM TEX 8, NYY 0
3
TEX 2-1
TBS
5.2
8,214
Tue., 10/19/10 8 PM TEX 10, NYY 3
4
TEX 3-1
TBS
6.3
9,846
Wed., 10/20/10 4 PM TEX 2, NYY 7
5
TEX 3-2
TBS
4.1
6,107
Fri., 10/22/10 8 PM NYY 1, TEX 6
6
TEX 4-2
TBS
7.2
11,863

NLCS: GIANTS 4, PHILLIES 2
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Sat., 10/16/10 8 PM SF 4, PHI 3
1
SF 1-0
FOX
4.2
7,126
Sun., 10/17/10 8 PM SF 1, PHI 6
2
TIE 1-1
FOX
5.3
8,835
Tue., 10/19/10 4 PM PHI 0, SF 3
3
SF 2-1
FOX
3.3
5,040
Wed., 10/20/10 8 PM PHI 5, SF 6
4
SF 3-1
FOX
5.7
9,274
Thu., 10/21/10 8 PM PHI 4, SF 2
5
SF 3-2
FOX
6.9
11,196
Sat., 10/22/10 8 PM SF 3, PHI 2
6
SF 4-2
FOX
6.7
11,639

2009

ALCS: YANKEES 4, ANGELS 2
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Fri., 10/16/09 8 PM LAA 1, NYY 4
1
NYY 1-0
FOX
5.2
8,439
Sat., 10/17/09 8 PM LAA 3, NYY 4
2
NYY 2-0
FOX
5.8
9,379
Mon., 10/19/09 4 PM NYY 4, LAA 5
3
NYY 2-1
FOX
4.8
7,247
Tue., 10/20/09 8 PM NYY 10, LAA 1
4
NYY 3-1
FOX
6.7
10,303
Thu., 10/22/09 8 PM NYY 6, LAA 7
5
NYY 3-2
FOX
7.6
11,851
Sun., 10/25/09 8 PM LAA 2, NYY 5
6
NYY 4-2
FOX
9.3
15,481

NLCS: PHILLIES 4, DODGERS 1
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Thu., 10/15/09 8 PM PHI 8, LAD 6
1
PHI 1-0
TBS
4.3
6,855
Fri., 10/16/09 4 PM PHI 1, LAD 2
2
TIE 1-1
TBS
2.9
4,429
Sun., 10/18/09 8 PM LAD 0, PHI 11
3
PHI 2-1
TBS
3.0
5,035
Mon., 10/19/09 8 PM LAD 4, PHI 5
4
PHI 3-1
TBS
3.4
5,644
Wed., 10/21/09 8 PM LAD 4, PHI 10
5
PHI 4-1
TBS
5.0
7,978

2008

ALCS: RAYS 4, RED SOX 3
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Fri., 10/10/08 8 PM BOS 2, TB 0
1
BOS 1-0
TBS
4.1
6,689
Sat., 10/11/08 8 PM BOS 8, TB 9
2
TIE 1-1
TBS
3.8
6,089
Mon., 10/13/08 4:30 PM TB 9, BOS 1
3
TB 2-1
TBS
3.0
4,499
Tue., 10/14/08 8 PM TB 13, BOS 4
4
TB 3-1
TBS
3.8
5,732
Thu., 10/16/08 8 PM TB 7, BOS 8
5
TB 3-2
TBS
4.7
7,211
Sat., 10/17/08 8 PM BOS 4, TB 2
6
TIE 3-3
TBS
5.4
8,928
Sun., 10/18/08 8 PM BOS 1, TB 3
7
TB 4-3
TBS
7.9
13,357

NLCS: PHILLIES 4, DODGERS 1
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Thu., 10/9/08 8 PM LAD 2, PHI 3
1
PHI 1-0
FOX
5.1
7,735
Fri., 10/10/08 4:30 PM LAD 5, PHI 8
2
PHI 2-0
FOX
3.4
5,022
Sun., 10/12/08 8 PM PHI 2, LAD 7
3
PHI 2-1
FOX
5.6
8,837
Mon., 10/13/08 8 PM PHI 7, LAD 5
4
PHI 3-1
FOX
5.0
7,705
Wed., 10/15/08 8 PM PHI 5, LAD 1
5
PHI 4-1
FOX
5.1
8,029

2007

ALCS: RED SOX 4, INDIANS 3
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Fri., 10/12/07 7 PM CLE 3, BOS 10
1
BOS 1-0
FOX
4.8
7,425
Sat., 10/13/07 8 PM CLE 13, BOS 6
2
TIE 1-1
FOX
5.8
8,789
Mon., 10/15/07 7 PM BOS 2, CLE 4
3
CLE 2-1
FOX
6.7
9,907
Tue., 10/16/07 8 PM BOS 3, CLE 7
4
CLE 3-1
FOX
8.2
12,367
Thu., 10/18/07 8 PM BOS 7, CLE 1
5
CLE 3-2
FOX
8.5
13,101
Sat., 10/20/07 8 PM CLE 2, BOS 12
6
TIE 3-3
FOX
6.8
11,153
Sun., 10/21/07 8 PM CLE 2, BOS 11
7
BOS 4-3
FOX
11.7
19,154

NLCS: ROCKIES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 0
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Thu., 10/11/07 8:30 PM COL 5, ARI 1
1
COL 1-0
TBS
3.6
5,286
Fri., 10/12/07 10 PM COL 3, ARI 2
2
COL 2-0
TBS
2.2
3,323
Sun., 10/14/07 8:30 PM ARI 1, COL 4
3
COL 3-0
TBS
3.2
5,158
Mon., 10/15/07 10 PM ARI 4, COL 6
4
COL 4-0
TBS
2.5
3,803

2006

ALCS: TIGERS 4, ATHLETICS 0
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Tue., 10/10/06 8 PM DET 5, OAK 1
1
DET 1-0
FOX
6.0
8,587
Wed., 10/11/06 8 PM DET 8, OAK 5
2
DET 2-0
FOX
6.8
9,866
Fri., 10/13/06 4 PM OAK 0, DET 3
3
DET 3-0
FOX
3.7
5,022
Sat., 10/14/06 4 PM OAK 3, DET 6
4
DET 4-0
FOX
5.2
7,724

NLCS: CARDINALS 4, METS 3
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Thu., 10/12/06 8 PM STL 0, NYM 2
1
NYM 1-0
FOX
6.0
8,509
Fri., 10/13/06 8 PM STL 9, NYM 6
2
TIE 1-1
FOX
6.1
9,010
Sat., 10/14/06 8 PM NYM 0, STL 5
3
STL 2-1
FOX
4.9
7,511
Sun., 10/15/06 8 PM NYM 12, STL 5
4
TIE 2-2
FOX
5.8
8,571
Tue., 10/17/06 8 PM NYM 2, STL 4
5
STL 3-2
FOX
7.5
11,123
Wed., 10/18/06 8 PM STL 2, NYM 4
6
TIE 3-3
FOX
8.0
11,666
Thu., 10/19/06 8 PM STL 3, NYM 1
7
STL 4-3
FOX
10.8
16,528

2005

ALCS: WHITE SOX 4, ANGELS 1
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Tue., 10/11/05 8 PM LAA 3, CHW 2
1
LAA 1-0
FOX
7.7
11,479
Wed., 10/12/05 8 PM* LAA 1, CHW 2
2
TIE 1-1
FOX
9.1
13,511
Fri., 10/14/05 8 PM CHW 5, LAA 2
3
CHW 2-1
FOX
6.2
9,641
Sat., 10/15/05 8 PM CHW 8, LAA 2
4
CHW 3-1
FOX
4.9
7,586
Sun., 10/16/05 8 PM CHW 6, LAA 3
5
CHW 4-1
FOX
7.2
11,280

NLCS: ASTROS 4, CARDINALS 2
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Wed., 10/12/05 8 PM* HOU 3, STL 5
1
STL 1-0
FOX
9.1
13,511
Thu., 10/13/05 8 PM HOU 4, STL 1
2
TIE 1-1
FOX
6.7
9,906
Sat., 10/15/05 4 PM STL 3, HOU 4
3
HOU 2-1
FOX
3.6
5,126
Sun., 10/16/05 4 PM STL 1, HOU 2
4
HOU 3-1
FOX
6.3
9,777
Mon., 10/17/05 8 PM STL 5, HOU 4
5
HOU 3-2
FOX
7.5
11,612
Wed., 10/19/05 8 PM HOU 5, STL 1
6
HOU 4-2
FOX
9.4
14,121

2004

ALCS: RED SOX 4, YANKEES 3
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Tue., 10/12/04 8 PM BOS 7, NYY 10
1
NYY 1-0
FOX
10.0
15,010
Wed., 10/13/04 8 PM* BOS 1, NYY 3
2
NYY 2-0
FOX
10.1
15,226
Sat., 10/16/04 8 PM NYY 19, BOS 8
3
NYY 3-0
FOX
7.8
12,468
Sun., 10/17/04 8 PM NYY 4, BOS 6
4
NYY 3-1
FOX
9.5
14,821
Mon., 10/18/04 5 PM NYY 4, BOS 5
5
NYY 3-2
FOX
11.3
17,798
Tue., 10/19/04 8 PM BOS 4, NYY 2
6
TIE 3-3
FOX
15.6
25,088
Wed., 10/20/04 8 PM BOS 10, NYY 3
7
BOS 4-3
FOX
19.4
31,460

NLCS: CARDINALS 4, ASTROS 3
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Wed., 10/13/04 8 PM* HOU 7, STL 10
1
STL 1-0
FOX
10.1
15,226
Thu., 10/14/04 8 PM HOU 4, STL 6
2
STL 2-0
FOX
5.9
8,471
Sat., 10/16/04 4 PM STL 2, HOU 5
3
STL 2-1
FOX
5.2
7,479
Sun., 10/17/04 4 PM STL 5, HOU 6
4
TIE 2-2
FOX
6.7
10,015
Mon., 10/18/04 8 PM^ STL 0, HOU 3
5
HOU 3-2
FOX
9.8
14,982
Wed., 10/20/04 4 PM HOU 4, STL 6
6
TIE 3-3
FOX
7.0
10,255
Thu., 10/21/04 8 PM HOU 2, STL 5
7
STL 4-3
FOX
13.0
19,808

2003

ALCS: YANKEES 4, RED SOX 3
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Wed., 10/8/03 8 PM* BOS 5, NYY 2
1
BOS 1-0
FOX
12.0
18,433
Thu., 10/9/03 8 PM BOS 2, NYY 6
2
TIE 1-1
FOX
8.7
13,154
Sat., 10/11/03 4 PM NYY 4, BOS 3
3
NYY 2-1
FOX
7.7
11,902
Mon., 10/13/03 8 PM NYY 2, BOS 3
4
TIE 2-2
FOX
11.6
17,495
Tue., 10/14/03 4 PM NYY 4, BOS 2
5
NYY 3-2
FOX
7.1
10,110
Wed., 10/15/03 4 PM BOS 9, NYY 6
6
TIE 3-3
FOX
9.4
13,931
Thu., 10/16/03 8 PM BOS 5, NYY 6
7
NYY 4-3
FOX
17.1
27,485

NLCS: MARLINS 4, CUBS 3
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Tue., 10/7/03 8 PM FLA 9, CHC 8
1
FLA 1-0
FOX
10.1
15,569
Wed., 10/8/03 8 PM* FLA 3, CHC 12
2
TIE 1-1
FOX
12.0
18,433
Fri., 10/10/03 8 PM CHC 5, FLA 4
3
CHC 2-1
FOX
9.3
14,291
Sat., 10/11/03 8 PM CHC 8, FLA 3
4
CHC 3-1
FOX
7.3
11,343
Sun., 10/12/03 4 PM CHC 0, FLA 4
5
CHC 3-2
FOX
8.5
12,637
Tue., 10/14/03 8 PM FLA 8, CHC 3
6
TIE 3-3
FOX
12.6
19,357
Wed., 10/15/03 8 PM FLA 9, CHC 6
7
FLA 4-3
FOX
16.9
26,505

2002

ALCS: ANGELS 4, TWINS 1
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Tue., 10/8/02 8 PM ANA 1, MIN 2
1
MIN 1-0
FOX
7.3
10,872
Wed., 10/9/02 8 PM* ANA 6, MIN 3
2
TIE 1-1
FOX
8.2
12,162
Fri., 10/11/02 8 PM MIN 1, ANA 2
3
ANA 2-1
FOX
6.4
9,373
Sat., 10/12/02 8 PM MIN 1, ANA 7
4
ANA 3-1
FOX
5.6
8,934
Sun., 10/13/02 4 PM MIN 5, ANA 13
5
ANA 4-1
FOX
6.1
9,206

NLCS: GIANTS 4, CARDINALS 1
Date
Time
Game
#
Series
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
Wed., 10/9/02 8 PM* SF 9, STL 6
1
SF 1-0
FOX
8.2
12,162
Thu., 10/10/02 8 PM SF 4, STL 1
2
SF 2-0
FOX
6.2
8,953
Sat., 10/12/02 4 PM STL 5, SF 4
3
SF 2-1
FOX
4.6
6,740
Sun., 10/13/02 8 PM STL 3, SF 4
4
SF 3-1
FOX
6.8
10,638
Mon., 10/14/02 8 PM STL 1, SF 2
5
SF 4-1
FOX
6.9
10,314

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