TBS is the Home of the American League During the 2014 MLB Postseason

TBS is prepping for the MLB Postseason. In the past, it would air both Wild Card games, all four League Division Series and one League Championship Series. Under the new MLB contract which took effect this season, TBS will now air just one Wild Card game, two League Division Series and one LCS. Starting this […]

DEVELOPING: Fox Sports 1 to Air One MLB League Championship Series

This broken by Steve Lepore at Awful Announcing today, Fox Sports Executive Producer John Entz has confirmed that Fox Sports 1 will air on League Championship Series in its entirety this season. TBS will air the other LCS. It means that the League Championship Series just like the League Division Series and the Wild Card […]

What You’ll See on ESPN’s 25th MLB Season

It’s hard to believe that ESPN and Major League Baseball go back 25 years, but it’s true. Their relationship began in 1990 and has gone non-stop ever since. It first began with Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Night Baseball, then expanded to postseason coverage in 1996 followed by getting shut out of the postseason by […]

The Nominees for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards

The nominees are out. A few interesting developments for this year’s Emmys. In the play-by-play category, Al Michaels is noticeably absent. Marv Albert, Mike Breen, Joe Buck, Bob Costas (?) and Mike Emrick are nominees. I guess the Academy decided to put Bob in this category in addition to his customary Studio Host nomination. For […]

2013 World Series Game 6 Draws Highest Ratings Since 2011 Fall Classic

Fox finally saw a double digit rating in the 2013 World Series. The series-clinching Game 6 delivered an 11.3 rating with an 18 share. That’s the highest ratings for a Fall Classic game dating back to Game 7 of the 2011 St. Louis-Texas World Series which drew an 11.2/18. The viewership for Game 6 drew […]

Tim McCarver’s Farewell on Fox

As much as I’ve criticized Tim McCarver on this site, there is no doubt of his contributions to baseball and to the broadcast booth. And while 2013 marked his final year on Fox and his final World Series, there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll see him back on TV in 2014 whether it’s […]

World Series Game 5 on Fox Draws Under 14.5 Million Viewers

In a game that drew another surprise ending, it finished under three hours, the first contest of the World Series to do so, Fox garnered an 8.9 rating with a 14 share. That’s up just one percent from the last Game 5 back in 2011 (8.8/14). This year’s Game 5 averaged 14.4 million viewers, just […]

Fox’s Press Release on World Series Game 4 Ratings

We have the Fox Sports World Series Game 4 announcement on the ratings. Interesting to note the local ratings. St Louis and Boston are first and second respectively as expected. Providence, Hartford and Kansas are next to round out the Top Five. Fox says it expects to win the broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday night […]

2013 World Series Game 4 Draws Series-High 16 Million Viewers

One aspect of the 2013 World Series is that it has won every night for Fox. This is particularly true for Game 4 of the Fall Classic on Sunday which is a very competitive night on both broadcast and cable. The game drew a 9.4 rating with a 15 share and a series high 16 […]

2013 World Series Game 3 Has Crazy Ending and Wins Night for Fox

This from Fox. It saw a 7.4 rating and 14 share for the bizarre Game 3 that saw St. Louis win on an obstruction ruling. Fox averaged 12.5 million viewers and it resulted in a primetime win for the network. It beats last year’s Game 3 which had a record low 6.1/11 and just 10.5 […]

2013 World Series Game 2 Steers Fox to Primetime Win

This from Fox Sports, we learn that the World Series is drawing better numbers from last year. For Thursday night’s Game 2 that assured that the St. Louis-Boston series will go at least five games, Fox received an 8.3 rating and a 14 share. That is up 6% from last year. And the game averaged […]

2013 World Series Game 2 Overnight Ratings

We have the overnight ratings for Game 2 of the 2013 World Series. With the St. Louis Cardinals winning 4-2, we’re assured of at least 5 games. Fox has to be happy knowing there won’t be a sweep. There are some interesting numbers from last night. First, the game garnered a 9.5 rating with a […]

2013 World Series Game 1 Draws Bigger Viewership Than 2012 Opener

With two teams that have strong regional followings, Game 1 of the World Series saw a higher viewership for Fox than in 2012. The Game drew an 8.6 rating St. Louis at Boston. That’s up significantly from the 7.6 for last year’s opener which featured the Detroit Tigers at San Francisco Giants. In addition, the […]

2013 American League Championship Series Ends on an Up Note for Fox

The Boston Red Sox clinched the American League Championship Series and the win in Game 6 steered the city to its best ratings of the series. In addition, Fox saw a 20% from last year’s National League Championship Series Game 6 which aired on Fox. Saturday night’s ratings resulted in a 5.5 national rating with […]

National League Championship Series on TBS Averages 5 Million Viewers

With the National League Championship Series over, the final viewership numbers are out. Turner is happy with what it garnered for a six game series, two games more than last year’s American League Championship Series that ended in a sweep. For TBS, the clinching Game 6 for the St. Louis Cardinals, a 9-0 blowout of […]

Looking at the TBS Era of MLB Postseason Coverage, 2007-13

In 2006 when TBS signed its contract to take over most of the MLB Postseason, it was coming in at a time when ESPN and Fox were reducing their commitments. ESPN was starting its big $1 billion/year contract for Monday Night Football. Fox which was wrapping up its contract airing 3-6 League Division Series games, […]

Fox Sees Solid Ratings for ALCS Game 4 on Wednesday

With Detroit’s win over Boston on Wednesday and the American League Championship Series guaranteed to go at least six games, Fox saw a solid number. Overall, ALCS Game 4 received a 5.2 rating with a 9 share along with an average audience of 8.1 million viewers. The 5.2/9 is up 37% from last year’s National […]

National League Championship Series is Up on TBS

The National League Championship Series continues to draw for TBS. Last night’s Game 4 on TBS drew a 3.5 rating last night with an average audience of 5.8 million viewers. The four games are averaging a 3.2 rating and five million viewers. That’s up 23% and 22% respectively from 2011 when TBS last carried the […]

American League Championship Series Game 3 Draws Decently for Fox

The American League Championship Series drew some decent numbers for Fox. With a pitching duel between the Red Sox’ John Lackey and Detroit’s Justin Bieb… Verlander, Fox drew a 3.7/8 for ALCS Game 3. That resulted in an average audience of 5.6 million viewers. That’s up 37% from last year’s NCLS Game 3 (2.7/6 and […]

American League Championship Series Game 2 Does Well for Fox

Against Sunday Night Football on NBC, the American League Championship Series scored fairly well for Fox. Thanks to the lead-in from the NFL on Fox late afternoon game between the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, the network saw a decent number for the ALCS Game 2 between Detroit and Boston. Overall, Fox saw […]