The Rangers' first American League Championship undoubtedly brought much excitement to the Lone Star State on Friday night. But Texans weren't the only ones tuning in to the celebration.
That much is certain, based on national television ratings that reached record levels.
TBS' exclusive coverage of Game 6, featuring Texas and New York, was watched by 11.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched Major League regular- or postseason game of the season. Even more, it represented the second-most watched program in TBS' 34-year history, next to the 2008 American League Championship Series Game 7 matchup between the Red Sox and Rays, which had 13.4 million viewers.
In all, TBS' coverage of the playoffs, which included all four League Division Series and the ALCS, registered a substantial 9-percent gain from last year's coverage. The ALCS alone is now the most-watched LCS ever on the network, and TBS's coverage of the 2010 LCS received a 29-percent boost over '09 LCS coverage.
The Yankees and Rangers averaged more than 8.2 million viewers on TBS, which concluded its postseason coverage on Friday. FOX is slated to feature Game 6 and, if necessary, Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, along with the World Series.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.