Dodgers-Cardinals Game 1 of NLCS Averages 5.5 Million Viewers

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October 12th, 2013


via press release:

TBS’ Exclusive Coverage of the 2013 NLCS Game 1 Averages 5.5 Million Total Viewers, Up 63% 

TBS’ exclusive presentation of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) Game 1, a 13-inning thriller with the St. Louis Cardinals defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2, averaged a 3.5 U.S. HH rating and 5.5 million total viewers.  Based on Nielsen Fast Nationals, the NLCS Game 1 is up 67% and 63%, respectively, compared with a 2.1 U.S. HH rating and 3.4 million total viewers for the network’s comparable NLCS Game 1 telecast between the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in 2011.

Last night’s NLCS Game 1 peaked with a 4.3 HH rating from 11:45 p.m.-midnight ET and averaged a 3.7 HH rating from midnight-1:30 a.m.

Locally, the telecast delivered a 30.3 HH rating in St. Louis, a 32% increase compared with a 22.9 HH rating for Game 1 of the Cardinals/Brewers airing on TBS in 2011.  In Los Angeles, last night’s telecast garnered a 12.4 HH rating, the highest rated MLB telecast in the market since the 2011 World Series.  The 12.4 rating in L.A. is also up 10% over Game 1 of the 2009 NLCS, the last time the Dodgers played in the NLCS.

TBS’ exclusive coverage of the 2013 NLCS continues today, Saturday, Oct. 12, with Game 2 of the best-of-seven Dodgers/Cardinals series at 4 p.m.  The network will preview the action with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Jeep at 3:30 p.m.

 Source: Fast Nationals and Metered Market Ratings based on Nielsen Live + Same Day data stream for the dates of MLB Wild Card, LDS, NLCS Game 1 10/01/2013 – 10/11/2013 vs. 10/05/2012 – 10/13/12.   Competitive claims based on ad-supported cable comparison for dates 10/01/2013 – 10/11/2013.

  • TomJH

    What was the ratings for last years game 1?

  • a

    tbs and fox go back and forth. Last year the alcs was on tbs and the nlcs was on fox.

  • E

    Yes. Very curious that last years game 1 LCS games were not mentioned in the press release. The 2011 NLCS was one of the worst rated in history. Nothing to brag about.

  • sally


  • a

    i will repeat this. last year nlcs was on fox. therefore will have higher rating as it is on network tv. that is why you can not compare those 2 games.

  • rose rony

    just as Ray implied I’m dazzled that a stay at home mom able to get paid $4462 in one month on the computer. website link………

  • kb

    Last year it was the ALCS on tbs and game 1 of that series received 6.8 million viewers

  • redbirds

    Last year it was the ALCS on tbs and game 1 of that series received 6.8 million viewers.

  • redbirds

    Go RedBirds! Just won game 2. Up 2-0 in the series. But let’s take it 1 game at a time.

  • redbirds

    The Dodgers, Giants and My Cards are about the same when it comes to delivering ratings. Decent but not great. I think people assume just because the Dodgers are in the #2 tv market that they are a ratings juggernaut but no. Truth be told the only way baseball can get ratings like about a decade ago is to have the yankees vs red sox in the alcs every year and that would mean at least 1 of them gets tobthe world series. Other than that baseball has to just be happy with decent ratings. Go Cards!

  • redbirds

    Although game 7s will help. Like 2011 game 7 of the world series Cards vs Rangers had 25 million viewers.

  • Dawn

    Go Cards!

  • Ultima

    What was the ratings for last years game 1?

    6.8 million viewers (2.1 A18-49), but it was a Sunday night game on FOX after an NFL doubleheader.

    Last year’s ALCS game 1 on TBS also had 6.8 million viewers (2.2 A18-49), but it was on a Saturday night.

    There’s no good apples to apples comparison to last year for this game.

    There will be for tonight’s ALCS game 1 though, because it aired in the same timeslot (just on FOX instead of TBS).

  • AO

    Go Dodgers!

  • DenverDean

    The schedule is just bizarre – the fact that the Cards/Dodgers had B2B games in less than 24 hours BEFORE the ALCS even started. Anyway, hard to compare anything for baseball playoffs, except for WS since those are all on FOX.

  • Amanda

    Yes Denver it is VERY fishy! It’s like they are pitting the nl winner at a disadvantage by making them wait days for the Al winner. Maybe because the AL has won’t a WS in 3 years.

  • Amanda

    I can’t believe that fox would still allow the continued massacre of baseball/football by joe buck! It’s just freaking torture to know that you could have good announcers like Scully or Brenly and we continue to be stuck with buck and mccarver!

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