Monday, October 20, 2008
We all know that ratings for game sevens are always through the roof, but as it turns out, last night's Sox-Rays game is now the most watched MLB game on cable, of all times. Over 13 million people turned into TBS for the contest and the network pulled a 7.9 rating. Via Turner Sports....
TBS wrapped up its 2008 MLB Postseason coverage with a classic. The seventh and deciding game of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays delivered a 7.9 US HH Rating, making it the most-watched MLB game on all of television for the 2008 regular season and postseason, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The series-clinching game, which propelled the Rays into their first World Series, garnered 13,357,000 total viewers, making it the most-watched game in the history of cable. The game eclipsed the 1998 ESPN Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game that featured Mark McGwire hitting his 61st homerun (which tied what was then an MLB single-season home run record).Not a bad showing for a single Baseball game, but the totals definitely speak to shrunken ratings on a whole for the Sport over the past couple of years. Still though, TBS destroyed it's ratings from the NLCS last year, and in fact....they almost doubled it. For both the Division Series and ALCS, TBS averaged a 4.6 US Household Rating, and almost 7.5 million total viewers per game.
“Record-breaking performances, extraordinary viewership and tremendous growth across all key demos added up to a winning formula for our coverage of the ALCS,” said David Levy, president of Turner Sports. “The Red Sox and Rays treated baseball fans to a classic ALCS and viewers made it a point to tune in to watch this tremendous series. The sports television landscape continues to evolve and what we witnessed during our ALCS coverage is that on any given night cable programming outdelivers programming on broadcast networks."
Other highlights from Game Seven on TBS include:
- Game 7 was the top-rated telecast in the history of TBS
- It Ranks among the top 10 sports most-watched cable telecasts all-time
- The game was the second most-watched telecast on cable this year.
- Game 7 was also the top-rated regular season and postseason MLB game on all of television this year (the MLB All-Star game was the top overall baseball telecast in 2008).