Baseball playoff ratings spike

This year's League Championship Series up 39%

Baseball’s League Championship Series are off to a strong ratings start, with the first two days of coverage on Fox and TBS averaging 6.3 million viewers — a 39% increase over last year.

Through Sunday, TBS had aired the first two games of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees, and Fox had aired the first game of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

Action continues this week, with the World Series set to begin on Oct. 24.

Local markets had especially strong highlights for the weekend, including a 41.5 household rating in St. Louis, the best rating for a non-elimination LCS game there since at least 1998. And Detroit (26.2), San Francisco (20.6) and New York (14.4) drew their best postseason ratings this year.

Baseball certainly had a lot of momentum heading into the LCS, as all four of the Divisional Series were extended to the maximum five games.

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