ALCS Game Three draws Postseason-high six million viewers

With two more games decided by one run - one in extra innings - this MLB Postseason continues to be dramatic. Among the highlights:

  • With 13 one-run games, this Postseason has tied 2011 and 2013 for the most in history.
  • 59% of games this Postseason (13 of 22) have been decided by one run, by far the highest rate in the Division Series era (previous high: 39% in 1995) and the second highest in the LCS era (65% in 1972).
  • This Postseason has also featured six extra inning contests. The only Postseasons ever with more were 1995 (8) and 2003/2004 (7 each).

The drama on the field continues to resonate with television viewers. ALCS Game Three drew 6.0 million viewers on TBS, the most-viewed game of the 2014 Postseason and an increase of +25% over the corresponding game last year featuring Los Angeles and St. Louis, markets 70% larger than Baltimore and Kansas City. Tuesday's game also set another new local ratings mark, with a 35.7 local rating in Kansas City, the highest for an MLB telecast on record in the market. Six of the Royals' seven Postseason games have eclipsed a 30 rating in Kansas City. Nationally, Royals games represent six of the top nine most viewed games this Postseason.

In the National League, the MLB Postseason has driven Fox Sports 1 to be the fastest-growing network in television, according to Nielsen. Fox Sports 1's top three shows, and six of its top 10, are MLB Postseason games, as the network this month has grown its average audience by +164% and its primetime audience by +303%.

Both series resume today, with the Royals looking to sweep the Orioles in ALCS Game Four at 4:00 p.m. ET on TBS, followed by NLCS Game Four at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.