×

KCAL Draws Best Local Rating for the Dodgers in 15 Years

Tuesday's dramatic victory over the Yankees averaged more than 600,000 viewers in L.A.

Dodgers Fever has officially hit Los Angeles — and local carrier KCAL 9 is a big beneficiary.

Nielsen estimates that the blistering hot team’s victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night averaged a big 603,000 viewers in the Los Angeles market, peaking with 814,000 in the final quarter-hour when Mark Ellis knocked in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

Local viewership tallies for individual games don’t go back very far, but in household ratings, Nielsen said that the game on KCAL 9 did a 7.0 rating/12 share — the best for any Dodgers regular-season telecast on broadcast or cable in 15 years (a Dodgers-Angels game on KTLA in 1998 did a 7.4).

In the key adults 25-54 demo, Monday’s game did a 4.0/13, the best for a Dodger game since KCAL became the team’s broadcast partner at the start of the 2006 season.

KCAL 9 will air nine Dodgers game in August, and as you might expect, the team will be featured prominently in national telecasts on other networks. They will be on Fox’s Saturday afternoon game three times, have three games on ESPN, two on MLB Network and one on TBS.

The first-place Dodgers are 10-1 since the All-Star break and have gone 27-6 since June 22, the best 33-game run in Los Angeles Dodgers history.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • 'Spoonbenders' Adaptation Set at Showtime With

    'Spoonbenders' Adaptation From Stephen Falk Lands at Showtime With Production Commitment

    Berlanti Productions has set up the one-hour drama “Spoonbenders” at Showtime with a pilot production commitment, Variety has learned. The project is based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Daryl Gregory. It is about The Amazing Telemachus Family, a traveling family magic act that happened to be made up of people with actual magic [...]

  • Tony Hall, Director General of the

    BBC Could Move More Operations Outside London, Its Boss Suggests

    Amid longstanding complaints from many viewers that the BBC is too London-centric, the boss of the world’s most famous pubcaster hinted Thursday that it could move more of its operations and programming outside the British capital. Tony Hall, the BBC’s director general, said the organization had already made “enormous strides” in geographical diversity. “A decade [...]

  • Brad Simpson Nina Jacobson

    Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson Renew FX Overall Deal

    Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are keeping their Color Force production banner at FX Productions, with the producers signing a new four-year overall deal with the company. “Our creative collaboration with Nina and Brad has been rewarding, not just in the rich and growing catalogue of event and signature series they’ve helped produce for FX, [...]

  • NBCUNIVERSAL LOGOS -- Pictured: "E!" Logo

    NBCUniversal Cable Hit With Significant Layoffs Amid Restructuring

    Amid a restructuring, another round of layoffs are set to impact NBCUniversal’s E!, Bravo, Oxygen, USA and Syfy networks Thursday, a source familiar with the situation tells Variety, not long after the E! network laid off around 20-25 staff in August. This round of layoffs is likely to impact fewer than 45 employees, more than [...]

  • Peaky Blinders Season 5

    Time-Jumping Season 5 of 'Peaky Blinders' Aims for a More Cinematic Look

    Cinematographer Si Bell was thrilled to learn he and director Anthony Byrne had been tapped to shoot the fifth season of BBC’s “Peaky Blinders,” but surprised to find out how free a hand executive producers Caryn Mandabach and Jamie Glazebrook were giving them to determine the scheme of their six-episode run. “I expected to meet the [...]

  • Daniel Levy Schitts Creek

    'Schitt's Creek' Co-Creator Dan Levy Signs ABC Studios Overall Deal

    “Schitt’s Creek” breakout Dan Levy has signed a multi-year overall deal at ABC Studios. Under the deal, Levy will develop and produce scripted projects for the studio. “Dan Levy has proven himself as one of the most creative people in the TV business,” said Jonnie Davis, president of ABC Studios. “His writing, acting and producing [...]

  • Barry Bill Hader

    Emmys 2019: Clear Favorites and Top Challengers for This Year's Winners (Column)

    If this felt like the longest, most expensive Emmy campaign in history, you might be right. For one thing, the 2019 Primetime Emmys will be held Sept. 22, which is the latest the ceremony has taken place since 2013. That also happened to be the last year of TV’s quaint, pre-streaming era, before outlets like [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content