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Ratings keep increasing for baseball playoffs
October 13, 2003
NEW YORK (AP) -- The heated rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, and the feel-good stories of the Chicago Cubs and Florida Marlins translated to increased playoff ratings over the weekend.
Through Sunday, the average ratings for the league championship series games are up more than 50 percent from last year's. It is on pace to be the most-watched postseason since 1995, with an average audience of 16.5 million.
Fox's ratings for the entire postseason are currently up 34 percent.
Chicago's extra-inning victory over Florida in Game 3 of the NLCS on Friday night received a 9.3 national rating and 18 share for Fox Sports, up 45 percent from last year's Game 3 telecast of the ALCS between Minnesota and Anaheim.
It was Fox's best rating ever for a championship series game on a Friday, and the best for any network since Game 3 of the 1999 NLCS between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves on NBC received a 10.8 with a 20 share.
A ratings point on Fox represents 1,067,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 106.7 million TV homes.
The weekend games also received strong overnight ratings for Fox, with Saturday afternoon's Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Red Sox delivering a 10.0 rating with a 21 share, up 72 percent from the telecast of the NLCS game between St. Louis and San Francisco the year before. It was the best overnight rating for a Saturday afternoon since at least 1989.
Coverage of the Cubs' 8-3 win over the Marlins that night got a 9.6 with a 17, up 39 percent from the year before. It was the best Saturday rating for an LCS game since 1998.
Florida's 4-0 win on Sunday afternoon got an 11.1 with a 21, up more than 55 percent from the year before and the highest Sunday afternoon LCS overnight rating since the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in 15 innings in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS.
Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets in the United States, covering nearly 70 percent of the country. Each overnight rating point represents about 735,000 TV homes.
The share is the percentage of homes with sets in use.
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