Ratings Roundup: TBS League Championship Ratings Up 26% Over Last Year

The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers continued to draw solid viewership for TBS’ coverage of the ALCS. The Yankees 7-2 Game 5 victory forced a sixth game and drew a 4.1 U.S household rating and 6.1 million viewers. Those numbers were down 18% in ratings and 24% in viewership from Game 5 of last year’s NLCS on TBS (Dodgers-Phillies, 5.0, 7.978 mil). However, through five games, three of which were in primetime, TBS has averaged a 4.8 rating and 7.6 million viewers, up 26% over the 3.8 and 6.1 million during the 2009 ALCS…

…FOX’s NLCS viewership had lagged far behind last year’s ALCS, which featured the ratings-friendly Yankees, but that all changed Thursday night as Game 5 of the Phillies-Giants series drew a 7.9 overnight rating, the highest mark for any NLCS telecast since Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. Locally, the game posted a 28.5/53 in the San Francisco market, the highest rating for any MLB telecast since Game 7 of the 2002 World Series between the Giants and Los Angeles Angels (41.5/62). In the Philadelphia market, the game posted a 31.4/45…

…Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, “Sunday Night Football” is averaging 21.4 million viewers, the most for the first six weeks of a primetime NFL package in 14 years (24.5 million in 1996 on ABC). “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 show on Sunday night for the sixth consecutive week. NBC’s six-week viewership of 21.4 million is nearly two million more than and nine percent above last year’s 19.7 million for the opening six weeks of the NFL season and up 29 percent over the first six weeks in 2008 (16.6 million).