Despite airing on a Saturday night, the final game of the American League Championship Series attracted strong numbers on FOX.
Game 6 of the Tigers/Red Sox ALCS earned a 5.5 final rating and 9.0 million viewers on FOX Saturday night, up 20% in ratings and 18% in viewership from Cardinals/Giants Game 6 on a Sunday night last year (4.6, 7.6M), and up 20% and 17%, respectively, from Tigers/Rangers Game 6 in 2011 (4.6, 7.7M).
Excluding the World Series, Saturday’s telecast earned the largest audience for the MLB playoffs since Game 5 of the Tigers/Yankees ALDS on TBS in 2011 (9.7M). The game was also the top League Championship Series telecast since 2010.
Overall, the six-game Red Sox/Tigers series averaged a 4.9 rating and 7.7 million viewers on FOX — up 23% in ratings and 19% in viewership from the seven-game Giants/Cardinals series last year (4.0, 6.5M), and the top LCS on any network since Giants/Phillies on FOX in 2010 (5.5, 9.1M).
The series averaged a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, up 17% from last year (2.1).
Despite the three-year high, the Red Sox/Tigers series ranks as the fourth-lowest rated LCS ever on broadcast TV, ahead of only Cardinals/Giants last year (4.0), Rangers/Tigers in 2011 (4.4) and Phillies/Dodgers in 2008 (4.8).
The Red Sox’ previous two appearances in the ALCS averaged a 4.6 rating (2008 on TBS) and a 7.4 (2007 on FOX). Both of those series went seven games.