MLB Postseason: Overnight Ratings Solid For Wild Card Round on TBS


The inaugural Major League Baseball Wild Card games scored good numbers for TBS.

The Orioles/Rangers American League Wild Card game drew a 4.1 overnight rating on TBS Friday night. Last year’s comparable game, the ALDS opener between the Tigers and Yankees, was suspended in the second inning and completed the following night.

Locally, the game earned a 20.1 rating in Baltimore and a 14.3 in Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Earlier in the day, the Cardinals/Braves National League Wild Card game drew a 3.3 overnight — up 44% from Game 1 of last year’s Rays/Rangers ALDS (2.3).

The game drew a 20.4 rating in St. Louis and a mere 9.1 in Atlanta.

Neither Wild Card game could match the overnight rating of the most recent MLB one-game playoff — the 2009 Tigers/Twins AL Central tiebreaker (4.5). Keep in mind the 2009 game lasted until the 12th inning.

(Friday’s numbers from Turner Sports)

  • Mmbooher

    Your MLB commentators on Sunday were biased toward Washington. Very few positive comments for St Louis or the Cardinals. I can only assume you are biased against the Cardinals because of their win over your Braves.

    • Paulsen

      SMW is not affiliated with TBS. More importantly, there is a zero percent chance that the national broadcast team exhibited any bias whatsoever against the Cardinals (or Nationals) on Sunday.