The 2013 MLB Postseason continues to deliver edge-of-your-seat baseball as another tense one-run game brought the Red Sox one game away from the World Series last night. Overall, the 2013 Postseason has recorded the highest percentage (40%; 12 out of 30) of one run games since 1992 (42%; 8 of 19 games) and is one shy of the all-time record of 13 set in 2011.
The exciting action on the field has led to increased TV viewership for every round of the Postseason compared to last year. Overall, the 30 games have averaged 4.5 million viewers across FOX, TBS and MLB Network, an increase of +8% through the same point last year.
And that audience continues to grow as the World Series nears. Thursday night's 4-3 win by the Red Sox over the Tigers in Game 5 of the ALCS drew 8.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched LCS game since Game 6 of the 2010 NLCS between the Giants and Phillies.
Game 5 drew a 32.9 local rating in Detroit, which along with matching 34.5 ratings for Games 2 and 4 of this series mark the three highest-rated LCS games ever in Detroit. In Boston, Game 5 drew a 25.9 rating, which is up +36% from Game 5 of the 2008 ALCS, the last time the Red Sox advanced this far.
With that, the stage is set for a weekend of exciting baseball to determine the World Series match-up. The Dodgers will look to stay alive in Game 6 of the NLCS tonight against the Cardinals, with coverage beginning on TBS at 8:00pm ET. If there's a Game 7 in the NLCS, it will be Saturday night at 8:00pm ET on TBS and Game 6 of the ALCS will be 4:30pm ET on FOX. If the NLCS ends tonight, Game 6 of the ALCS on Saturday will shift to 8:00pm ET on FOX.