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With Yankees in the Mix, TBS Sees Ratings Increase for LCS Coverage Over 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 October 2012 15:36

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TBS reports today that the American League Championship Series (ALCS), between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees is up considerably over their postseason coverage from last season, but then, that should be expected. This year, TBS saw the Yankees, a ratings powerhouse nationally, along with the Tigers. The ALCS averaged 5,924,000 total viewers, an increase of 28 percent over last year’s average of 4,612,000 total viewers for the network’s coverage of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), but that included the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers.  While strong baseball markets, and the Cardinals have exceptionally strong history, there was bound to be a bump in this year’s ALCS coverage. Still, a 28 percent increase is nothing to sneeze at. The network’s ALCS coverage averaged a 3.8 U.S. household rating, up 31 percent over an average 2.9 U.S. household rating for the NLCS last year.  

Additional ALCS highlights provided by TBS add some context in their favor in regards to when the games were played:

  • In 2012, TBS aired two ALCS games in primetime (Saturday’s Game 1 and Tuesday’s Game 3) and two afternoon telecasts (Sunday’s Game 2 and Thursday’s Game 4).
  • In primetime, the Yankees/Tigers games averaged a 4.1 U.S. household rating and 6.6 million total viewers.
  • The two afternoon telecasts averaged a 3.3 U.S. household rating and 5.2 million total viewers.
    In 2011, TBS aired five NLCS games in primetime and one contest during the day.

Yesterday afternoon’s ALCS Game 4 (4-7:48 p.m. ET) averaged a 3.5 U.S. household rating and 5,251,000 total viewers. Locally, the ALCS Game 4 telecast registered a 30.6 metered market rating in Detroit – the highest local rating for any market during the 2012 MLB Postseason on TBS – and an 8.7 metered market rating in New York.


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MLB 2012 LCS Broadcast Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 October 2012 23:30

2012 NLCS

The following is the national broadcast schedule for the American League and the National League Championship Series.  TBS will provide national coverage of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees. FOX Sports will provide national coverage of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.  ESPN Radio will provide complete coverage of all League Championship Series games, and additional live coverage will be provided by SiriusXM Radio, MLB International and MLB.com.

Date

Game

Network

Time (ET)

Sat., Oct. 13th

ALCS Game 1, DET @ NYY

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 14th

ALCS Game 2, DET @ NYY

TBS

4:07 p.m.

NLCS Game 1, STL @ SF

FOX

8:15 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 15th

NLCS Game 2, STL @ SF

FOX

8:07 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 16th

ALCS Game 3, NYY @ DET

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 17th

NLCS Game 3, SF @ STL

FOX

4:07 p.m.

ALCS Game 4, NYY @ DET

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 18th

ALCS Game 5*, NYY @ DET

TBS

4:07 p.m.

NLCS Game 4, SF @ STL

FOX

8:07 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 19th

NLCS Game 5*, SF @ STL

FOX

8:07 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 20th

ALCS Game 6*, DET @ NYY

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 21st

NLCS Game 6*, STL @ SF^

FOX

4:45 p.m.

ALCS Game 7*, DET @ NYY

TBS

8:15 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 22nd

NLCS Game 7*, STL @ SF

FOX

8:07 p.m.

* indicates if necessary.

^ If ALCS is complete, then NLCS Game 6 will shift to 7:45 p.m. (ET).

Please note that the schedule above is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games.

Source: Major League Baseball


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2012 MLB LDS Game Times and Stations for Oct 11, 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 October 2012 12:22

2012 MLB Postseason

The following is the confirmed game times for the remaining Division Series games based on this evening’s Game Four win by the Oakland Athletics over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series, with the series now tied at two games apiece.

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 5, SF @ CIN

1:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 4, STL @ WSH

4:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 4, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 5, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

Fri.

Oct. 12th

ALDS Game 5, BAL @ NYY

5:07 p.m. (ET)%

TBS

Fri.

Oct. 12th

NLDS Game 5, STL @ WSH

8:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Italics above denote If Necessary

%   Shifts to 7:07 p.m. (ET) on TBS if STL-WSH series ends on Thursday, October 11th.


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MLB Releases Remainder of 2012 LDS Broadcast Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:10

2012 MLB Postseason

With the Giants and the A’s staving off elimination yesterday, Major League Baseball has released the remainder of the 2012 League Division Series (LDS) schedule.

Please note that the schedule below is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games. 

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Tues.

Oct. 9th

NLDS Game 3, SF @ CIN (SF wins, 2-1 in 10 innings)

5:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

ALDS Game 3, DET @ OAK (OAK wins, 2-0)

9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 3, STL @ WSH

1:07 p.m. (ET)

MLBN

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 4, SF @ CIN

4:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 3, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)*

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 4, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 5, SF @ CIN

1:07 p.m. (ET)^

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 4, STL @ WSH

4:07 p.m. (ET)^

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 4, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)^

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 5, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

Fri.

Oct. 12th

ALDS Game 5, BAL @ NYY

5:07 p.m. (ET)%

TBS

Fri.

Oct. 12th

NLDS Game 5, STL @ WSH

8:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

 

Italics denote if necessary

*    Shifts to 8:37 p.m. (ET) on TBS if the CIN-SF and DET-OAK series both end on Tuesday, October 9th.

^    On Thursday, SF-CIN, STL-WSH and BAL-NYY each shift to one hour later if DET-OAK series ends on either Tuesday, October 9th or Wednesday, October 10th.

%   Shifts to 7:07 p.m. (ET) on TBS if STL-WSH series ends on Thursday, October 11th.

MLB Network will air the St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Game 3 on Wednesday afternoon, while Turner Sports will air the remainder of the Division Series games (up to 18 games total).  ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2012 MLB Postseason games.


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MLB Releases 2012 LDS Schedule Through Weds. PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 08:42

2012 MLB Postseason Logo

As MLB's 2012 postseason rolls on, here are the start times and network broadcast partners for the LDS through Weds.

Please note that the schedule below is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games.

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Mon.

Oct. 8th

NLDS Game 2, WSH @ STL (STL wins, 12-4, Series 1-1)

4:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Mon.

Oct. 8th

ALDS Game 2, NYY @ BAL (BAL wins, 3-2, Series 1-1))

8:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

NLDS Game 3, SF @ CIN

5:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

ALDS Game 3, DET @ OAK

9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 3, STL @ WSH

1:07 p.m. (ET)

MLBN

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 4, SF @ CIN

4:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 3, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)*

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 4, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

 

*Shifts to 8:37 p.m. (ET) on TBS if the CIN-SF and DET-OAK series both end on Tuesday, October 9th

MLB Network will air the St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Game 3 on Wednesday afternoon, while Turner Sports will air the remainder of the Division Series games (up to 18 games total).  ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2012 MLB Postseason games.

Source: Major League Baseball


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TBS Pulls a 3.7 Overnight Rating For MLB's First-Ever Wild Card Games PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 October 2012 16:37

 

2012 MLB Postseason Logo

Whether the ratings were good or bad, these numbers are historic. After all, it’s the first time that MLB has had the Wild Card play-in games where the winner moves on the LDS and the loser starts booking tee-times. The games, which saw the Cardinals beat the Braves 6-3 and the Orioles win over the Rangers 5-1 was dripping with compelling stories. Both road teams won, it was Chipper Jones’ last game of his career, the Orioles were back in the playoffs after a drought of 14 years, and along the way there was the “Infield Fly Rule” debacle, and a host of errors by the Braves.

So how did it rank on television? While the NFL must surely be laughing, TBS’s exclusive live doubleheader coverage of Major League Baseball’s first-ever Wild Card averaged a 3.7 overnight rating, based on Nielsen overnight ratings. The network’s telecasts, marking the start of the 2012 MLB Postseason, were up 12 percent compared with an averaged 3.3 overnight rating for the entire Division Series last year. When compared to last year’s opening day of the MLB Postseason (Texas vs. Tampa Bay, ALDS Game 1 – 2.3 overnight rating), the Wild Card games are up 61 percent.

The question is, will it all continue? We’ll find out as MLB goes head-to-head with NCAA Football on Saturday and the NFL on Sunday.


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MLB Releases Updated 2012 Postseason Broadcast Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 October 2012 13:51

2012 MLB Postseason

UPDATE: With the Cardinals and the Orioles winning their one-game Wild Card play-ins, the schedule below has been updated to reflect in the ALDS and NLDS.

MLB has released more of the 2012 postseason schedule. Please note that the schedule below is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games.

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Fri.

Oct. 5th

N.L. Wild Card Game, STL @ ATL

5:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Fri.

Oct. 5th

A.L. Wild Card Game, BAL @ TEX

8:37 p.m. (ET)/7:37 p.m. (CT)

TBS

Sat.

Oct. 6th

ALDS Game 1, OAK @ DET

6:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Sat.

Oct. 6th

NLDS Game 1, CIN @ SF

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Sun.

Oct. 7th

ALDS Game 2, OAK @ DET

12:07 p.m. (ET)

MLBN

Sun.

Oct. 7th

NLDS Game 1, WSH @ STL

3:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Sun.

Oct. 7th

ALDS Game 1, NYY @ BAL

6:15 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Sun.

Oct. 7th

NLDS Game 2, CIN @ SF

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Mon.

Oct. 8th

NLDS Game 2, WSH @ STL

4:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Mon.

Oct. 8th

ALDS Game 2, NYY @ BAL

8:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

NLDS Game 3, SF @ CIN

5:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

ALDS Game 3, DET @ OAK

9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT)

TBS

 

TBS will air up to 18 of the potential Division Series games, while MLB Network will air a Division Series game on Sunday, October 7th and Wednesday, October

For the first time in its four-year history, MLB Network will exclusively televise a Postseason game as Matt Vasgersian and Jim Kaat call Game Two of the American League Division Series featuring the Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers this Sunday, October 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET, live from Comerica Park.

  • The game marks Kaat’s return to an MLB Postseason telecast for the first time in 17 years and Vasgersian’s first-ever MLB Postseason call after being the play-by-play voice for the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres for eleven seasons before joining MLB Network in 2009.
  • Bob Costas will join Kaat in the broadcast booth to call MLB Network’s second exclusive LDS game telecast on Wednesday, October 10.
    • Wednesday’s game will mark Costas’s first MLB Postseason game call since the 2000 ALCS.
  • Sam Ryan will serve as reporter for both LDS game telecasts on MLB Network.
  • Both game telecasts will be available across the country exclusively on MLB Network, including Detroit and Oakland’s home television territories.
  • MLB Network will air complete coverage of the 2012 Postseason, including previews, highlights, analysis, interviews and press conferences across all of its studio programming. MLB Tonight will air live before and after every Postseason game, with reporters on-site at each ballpark during the Division Series and Championship Series, and MLB Tonight and Intentional Talk on the road during the World Series.
  • 2008 World Series champion Jimmy Rollins and two-time American League champion Omar Vizquel will serve as in-studio guest analysts on MLB Tonight during the League Division Series.

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With 2012 Regular Season Over, Here are MLB Playoff Game Times Through Sat PDF Print E-mail
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With the playoffs now set, here are the playoff game times.

Wild Card Play-In Games (Fri, Oct 5)

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

5:07 PM

TBS

Braves

Cardinals

Lohse vs Medlen

8:30 PM

TBS

Rangers

Orioles

Undecided vs Darvish

 

Saturday, Oct 6

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

6:00 PM

TBS

Tigers

Athletics

Undecided vs Verlander

9:37 PM

TBS

Giants

Reds

Cueto vs Cain

 

Sunday, Oct 7

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

TBD

TBS

Tigers

Athletics

 

TBD

TBS

Giants

Reds

Arroyo vs Bumgarner

 

Tuesday, Oct 9

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

TBD

TBS

Athletics

Tigers

 

TBD

TBS

Giants

Reds

Lincecum vs Latos

 

Weds, Oct 10

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

TBD

TBS

Athletics

Tigers

 

TBD

TBS

Giants

Reds

 

 

Thurs, Oct 11

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

TBD

TBS

Athetics

Tigers

 

TBD

TBS

Giants

Reds

 


Stay tuned to The Biz of Baseball for more playoff details


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