NLCS Game 7 is Highest-Rated and Most-Watched Playoff Game of 2012 Postseason

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October 23rd, 2012

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2012 NLCS +38% Over 2011


New York, NY – San Francisco Giants NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro’s leadoff hit in the third inning last night sparked a five-run explosion that propelled San Francisco to a 9-0 victory over the Cardinals and a trip into the 2012 World Series. The decisive NLCS Game 7 on FOX also sparked the highest-rated and most-watched broadcast of the 2012 postseason.


Last night’s Game 7 delivered a 4.9/7 (8.1 million viewers) household fast-national rating/share, according to Nielsen Media Research and is expected to give FOX its best Monday night since airing the rescheduled Daytona 500 this past February. Last night’s ratings were certainly impacted by heightened interest of the Presidential debate as Game 7 peaked at a 5.8/9 at 8:30 PM ET, just prior to Governor Romney and President Obama beginning their third and final debate as San Francisco opened up a seven-run lead in the third inning. Last night’s game was the fourth most-lopsided Game 7 in Major League Baseball history and the most lopsided since 1996.


The seven-game 2012 NLCS on FOX averaged a 4.0/7, up +38% over last’s year’s NLCS which delivered a 2.9/5. Last year’s ALCS on FOX averaged 4.4/8.

St. Louis led all markets for Game 7 viewing with a 31.8/43 followed by San Francisco, which delivered a 27.5/46 rating/share. Sacramento (22.0/32), Kansas City (9.3/13) Memphis (7.9/11), Detroit (7.8/11), Salt Lake City (7.2/12), Las Vegas (6.4/9), Cincinnati (6.2/9) and San Diego (6.1/10) round out the top ten markets for last night’s game.


World Series Game 1 between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants airs Wednesday night on FOX with coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET.

  • Mark

    Really looking forward to the World Series. Go Giants!

  • Nick

    Any word on Baltimore/DC markets?

  • Tyson


    I should hope so. Still doesn’t say much. Good luck to the Giants, Bill and Robert.

  • lol

    That’s low. 8 mil? There were multiple playoff games with better ratings in last years playoffs.

  • Tom

    It would of been much higher if it was a better game

  • JSunkist

    When you really weren’t rooting for either team, except some “hopes” – I really like the way the game ended, in the rain.

  • Ben

    I am surprised that there is no mention of the Monday night football game as well. Although it was on a another network, the fact that viewers had a choice between the Presidential Debate, Baseball playoffs and football showed how difficult it was for any program to get great ratings last night. It’s going to be a great World Series, Detroit who swept New York in 4 straight games, while San Francisco came from behind and defeated defending World Champion St. Louis in the 7th and deciding game.

  • Pappy

    Baseball is going to have to do better than this normally 15-25 million viewers is what a LCS game should get. No more Cards in the playoffs anymore.

  • AustinGriffith

    Is San Jose included in the SF metered market, because San Jose is just like SF with the number of fans. I’m sure it was a high market.

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