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More than 8 million watch Wednesday as the net stays ahead of last year, wins among men

Fox is delivering strong ratings for baseball’s American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, and they only figure to swell as the competitive matchup nears its conclusion.

Wednesday night’s game, in which the Tigers’ bats came to life in a 7-3 victory that evened the best-of-seven series at two games apiece, averaged 8.09 million viewers, according to Nielsen. This is the second game in the series to draw 8 million or more — a level that only one League Championship Series game (the seventh and final game of the NLCS) achieved a year ago.

Through four games, this year’s ALCS was averaging 7.2 million viewers, up 29% from Fox’s coverage a year ago (of the NLCS), which drew 5.6 million. The Tigers-Red Sox series is also pacing ahead of last year’s four-game ALCS (Tigers-New York Yankees), which finished with an average of 5.8 million on TBS.

Detroit led all markets in overnight ratings on Wednesday, earning a 34.5 household rating/52 share, matching Game 2 as the market’s highest LCS rating on record. It was followed by the New England-area markets Boston (20.2/34), Providence (18.9/29) and Hartford (10.0/16).

For the night, Fox was neck-and-neck with ABC and CBS for the lead among adults 18-49 (2.3 rating/7 share) and won the night in men 18-49 (3.2/10) and 25-54 (3.5/10).

This year’s NLCS on TBS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals has averaged 4.9 million viewers per game, down from the 5.8 million for TBS’ coverage a year ago (the four-game ALCS sweep).

The ALCS resumes tonight on Fox, with Game 6 set for Saturday. The NLCS continues Friday night in St. Louis, with a seventh and deciding game, if necessary, set for Saturday night.

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