Fox Wins the night with MLB Playoff Game
|Scoreboard for Saturday Oct 13|
|Total Viewers (million)||8.31||6.41||6.36||3.61|
|Rating/Share: Adults 18-49||2.8/9||2.0/7||1.6/5||1.0/3|
Fox took both the overall and 18-49 demo in the otherwise boring as usual Saturday night TV Ratings contest. Game 2 of the ALCS between the Red Sox and Indians in Boston's Fenway Park garnered 8.83 million viewers and a 2.8/9 in the 18-49 demo.
Still more good news for Fox -- the ratings were up over last year's comparable match-up, game 3 between the Mets and the Cardinals which pulled 7.51m viewers and a 2.2/7.
Since the ratings were otherwise uneventful, let me go all sports fan on you...The game was a great contest until the bottom of the 11th when I was reminded of "the game that cost Grady Little his job" (when he left Pedro in so long even your wives and girlfriends were asking, "why is he leaving Pedro in?).
The Red Sox stupidly took Eric Gagne off the Rangers hands. I say stupidly because it was obvious to anyone that the Gagne, after recovering from injury wasn't the nasty closer he used to be. As soon as I saw him coming into the game, I thought, "Oh boy, this can't be good!"
I don't question the decision to remove Papelbon, who'd pitched flawlessly for 2 innings. I did question the decision to bring in Gagne -- but, as it turns out, it was the Red Sox best move. Gagne did give up 2 runs in 1/3rd of an inning - and one of them was enough for the winning margin. But Javier Lopez gave up 3 runs without getting an out before John Lester gave up 2 more while getting the final 2 outs. Ugly. Ramirez and Lowell hitting back to back homers in the 5th? A distant memory...
Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night’s results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.