Most-Watched Game of 2014 Postseason Involves Smallest Markets in ALCS History
Another extra innings game - the fifth of this Postseason, tied for the most in an entire Postseason since 2004 - saw the Royals take a 1-0 lead in the ALCS over the Orioles. And despite the size of the markets involved - Baltimore and Kansas City represent the smallest markets in the American League and the smallest combined market matchup in ALCS history - TV viewership is very strong.
An average of 5.9 million viewers tuned in to TBS' exclusive telecast of Game One of the ALCS, an increase of +9% over last year's comparable game, a 13-inning contest between the Dodgers and Cardinals in Game 1 of the 2013 NLCS. Friday's game was also the most-watched game of the 2014 Postseason, eclipsing the 5.6 million viewers that watched the NL Wild Card Game on ESPN.
The game, which peaked at 6.9 million average viewers, also propelled TBS to yet another dominant win over all cable competition in prime time. TBS has won the night in cable on primetime every night it has aired MLB Postseason action throughout the primetime window.
The ALCS continues today with Game Two between the Orioles and Royals at 4:00 p.m. ET on TBS. The NLCS between the Cardinals and Giants follows at 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX.