Major League Baseball Playoff Ratings, 1976-2007

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October 2nd, 2008

As our historical ratings chart shows, the trend is definitely not baseball's friend, but significant year to year fluctuations occur based on matchups, cities and number of games played.

In 2007, TBS carried 13 divisional series games and TNT carried 4, I averaged their results together.

2006-7 data is Live+SD, prior years are Live viewing.

You can find World Series data here.

National League Championship Series TV Ratings 1976-2007


Year Network Telecasts Viewers Teams
2007 TBSC 4 4,294,000 Colorado Rockies/Arizona Diamondbacks
2006 FOX 7 10,494,000 ST. Louis Cardinals/ New York Mets
2005 FOX 6 10,592,000 Houston Astros/St. Louis Cardinals
2004 FOX 7 11,836,000 St. Louis Cardinals/Houston Astros
2003 FOX 7 16,797,000 Florida Marlins / Chicago Cubs
2002 FOX 5 9,740,000 San Francisco Giants/St. Louis Cardinals
2001 FOX 5 10,893,000 Arizona Diamondbacks/St. Louis Cardinals
2000 FOX 6 10,373,000 NY Mets / St. Louis Cardinals
1999 NBC 6 14,281,000 Atlanta Braves / NY Mets
1998 FOX 6 14,290,000 San Diego Padres / Atlanta Braves
1997 NBC 6 12,013,000 Florida Marlins / Atlanta Braves
1996 FOX 7 12,501,000 Atlanta Braves / St. Louis Cardinals
1995 ABC/NBC 6 18,596,000 Atlanta Braves / Cincinnati Reds
1994 Baseball Strike
1993 CBS 6 17,890,000 Philadelphia Phillies / Atlanta Braves
1992 CBS 6 16,957,000 Atlanta Braves / Pittsburgh Pirates
1991 CBS 7 18,846,000 Atlanta Braves / Pittsburgh Pirates
1990 CBS 6 16,122,000 Cincinnati Reds / Pittsburgh Pirates
1989 NBC 5 20,867,000 San Francisco Giants / Chicago Cubs
1988 ABC 7 21,085,000 Los Angeles Dodgers / NY Mets
1987 NBC 7 21,425,000 St. Louis Cardinals / San Francisco Giants
1986 ABC 6 19,076,000 NY Mets / Houston Astros
1985 NBC 6 19,334,000 St. Louis Cardinals / Los Angeles Dodgers
1984 ABC 5 20,323,000 San Diego Padres / Chicago Cubs
1983 NBC 5 17,515,000 Philadelphia Phillies / Los Angeles Dodgers
1982 ABC 3 25,545,000 St. Louis Cardinals / Atlanta Braves
1981 NBC 5 15,418,000 Los Angeles Dodgers / Montreal Expos
1980 ABC 5 28,891,000 Philadelphia Phillies / Houston Astros
1979 NBC 3 18,560,000 Pittsburgh Pirates / Cincinnati Reds
1978 ABC 4 21,603,000 Los Angeles Dodgers / Philadelphia Phillies
1977 NBC 4 20,942,000 Los Angeles Dodgers / Philadelphia Phillies
1976 ABC 3 18,278,000 Cincinnati Reds / Philadelphia Philles

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American League Championship Series TV Ratings 1976-2007


Year Network Telecasts Viewers Teams
2007 FOX 7 11,524,000 Boston Red Sox/Cleveland Indians
2006 FOX 4 7,849,000 Detroit Tigers/Oakland Athletics
2005 FOX 5 10,677,000 Chicago White Sox/Houston Astros
2004 FOX 7 18,518,000 Boston Red Sox /NY Yankees
2003 FOX 7 16,439,000 NY Yankees/Boston Red Sox
2002 FOX 5 10,158,000 Anahiem Angels/Minnesota Twins
2001 FOX 5 11,478,000 NY Yankes/Seattle Mariners
2000 NBC 6 10,373,000 NY Yankees / Seattle Mariners
1999 FOX 5 12,787,000 NY Yankees / Boston Red Sox
1998 NBC 6 12,826,000 NY Yankees / Cleveland Indians
1997 FOX 6 11,324,000 Cleveland Indians / Baltimore Orioles
1996 NBC 5 11,263,000 NY Yankees / Baltimore Orioles
1995 NBC/ABC 6 18,596,000 Cleveland Indians / Seattle Mariners
1994 Strike
1993 CBS 6 14,458,000 Toronto Blue Jays / Chicago White Sox
1992 CBS 6 11,397,000 Toronto Blue Jays / Oakland A's
1991 CBS 5 12,452,000 Minnesota Twins / Toronto Blue Jays
1990 CBS 4 15,062,000 Oakland A's / Boston Red Sox
1989 NBC 5 13,161,000 Oakland A's / Toronto Blue Jays
1988 ABC 4 14,815,000 Oakland A's / Boston Red Sox
1987 NBC 5 19,483,000 Minnesota Twins / Detroit Tigers
1986 ABC 7 20,403,000 Boston Red Sox / California Angels
1985 NBC 7 20,088,000 Kansas City Royals / Toronto Blue Jays
1984 ABC 3 20,271,000 Detroit Tigers / Kansas City Royals
1983 NBC 4 15,164,000 Baltimore Orioles / Chicago WhiteSox
1982 ABC 5 21,947,000 Milwaukee Brewers / California Angels
1981 NBC 3 20,370,000 NY Yankees / Oakland A's
1980 ABC 3 21,894,000 Kansas City Royals / New York Yankees
1979 NBC 4 19,238,000 Baltimore Orioles / California Angels
1978 ABC 4 21,607,000 NY Yankees / Kansas City Royals
1977 NBC 5 22,425,000 NY Yankees / Kansas City Royals
1976 ABC 5 21,935,000 NY Yankees / Kansas City Royals

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Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Robert Seidman

    If the Yankees, Sawx and Cubs all advance to the LCS I think you will see 2003 levels which would represent huge gains vs. last year and close to mid 90s level.

    But if you get Angels vs Indians and Rockies vs. Diamondbacks…even worse than last year.

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