Royals draw large TV audience on Tuesday

KANSAS CITY -- The turnstile count was down at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night -- there were 11,697 fans at the Royals' rainy 7-4 victory over the Twins -- but TV interest was high.

FOX Sports Kansas City reported that the preliminary household rating was 7.2, according to Nielsen Media Research. That's the second-highest rating ever for a Royals game on FOX Sports KC. The telecast peaked at 8.9 or 83,000 households in Kansas City.

Of roughly 900 Royals telecasts in 11-plus seasons on FOX, the highest was the May 6, 2009, game against the Mariners which pulled a 7.49 rating.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.