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BASEBALL MAKES RATINGS COMEBACK

October 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Ratings for the final games of the American and National League’s championship series were as improved as the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the second half of the season (their losing performance against the St. Louis Cardinals last week notwithstanding). Ratings for Saturday’s ALCS finale on Fox drew 9.0 million viewers, according to Nielsen Research — up a whopping 20 percent over the 7.6 million who watched on the comparable night a year ago. The entire six-game series was up 23 percent from last year. With 6.1 million viewers tuning in, Friday night’s National League finale — a blow-out 9-0 win by the Cardinals over the Dodgers — was up only 3 percent over the comparable cable telecast a year ago, but the NLCS six-game series was up 10 percent over last year. The numbers are a good sign that the World Series, which begins on Wednesday, will make a comeback from last year when it drew the lowest ratings in its history. Meanwhile, without competition from baseball on Sunday, ratings shot up for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Some 25.87 million viewers tuned in for the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos, way up from the 19.65 million who watched last week’s game.