MLB Postseason: Sox Clincher Strong on FOX; Series Top LCS Since ’10

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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.

Average TV Rating For League Championship Series on FOX

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(This year’s numbers from Fox Sports)

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  • Nate Johnson

    Very Happy that FOX had some Great ratings for a Saturday Night especially with Baseball taking a backseat in TV in this day in age also with them competing against FSU/Clemson, USC/ND and a couple of SEC Games on that day. I honestly thing they do a Great Job with their MLB Coverage despite having an “at Best” Okay Commentator pairing.

    Tough that Detroit lost, that is my Baseball Team but they couldn’t finish strong in 3 games they lost and in another they simply struggled to score. Cards/Sox WS will be tough to watch knowing that St. Louis beat us in 2006 (yes it still hurts) and Red Sox just last weekend! But I wish the Best for FOX Sports and hopefully the Cards and Sox can end this series on a Memorable note since it’s Tim McCarver last World Series he will ever Broadcast