TBS Records Top Audience Through First Five Games Of ALCS


The New York Yankees lived to see another game and so does TBS with its exclusive coverage of the American League Championship Series.
The Bronx Bombers staved off elimination against the Texas Rangers 7-2, with TBS's late-afternoon telecast on Oct. 20 drawing a 4.1 U.S household rating and 6.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen data.
TBS's coverage of Game 5 delivered a 12.9 rating in the New York DMA and an 18.4 rating in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.
Through five games, three of which were in primetime, TBS averaged a 4.8 rating and 7.6 million viewers, gains of 26% over the 3.8 and 6.1 million watchers it connected with during the 2009 National League Championship Series in which the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers. TBS officials said those totals, as well as delivery against a host of demo groups, were the network's best ever through five games of LCS coverage, since it began televising MLB's postseason in 2010.
With at least one game to go, TBS has recorded a 3% increase in households to a 3.4 from a 3.3 and a 4% audience advance to 5.33 million from 5.15 million over MLB's 2009 postseason, according to network officials.
First pitch for the sixth game of Texas-New York series in Arlington is slated for 8:07 p.m. (ET) on Friday, Oct. 22.