The New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers played game five last night in front of 50,960 fans. But it was the number of fans watching on television that has TBS smiling and FOX crying.TBS is smiling today because the matchup between the Yankees and Tigers drew a 6.2 rating. That is the most watched League Division Series game in cable history. Last year, ratings on TBS for the four LDS series averaged 2.9 (not including game 5 of Rays-Rangers).
But what must be viewed as a win for TBS is a huge loss for FOX.
Fox will broadcast the World Series this year and must have been praying for a Yankees return to the Fall Classic after seeing ratings tumble last year.
The ratings for the 2010 World Series were an all-time low, with an average rating of 8.4. That was down 28 per cent from the previous year despite a matchup that included the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants, two of the top six television markets.
With the Yankees gone, you can be sure that the executives at FOX suddenly huge Phillies fans. That is the networks last hope for strong ratings in the World Series.
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