The first game of the NLCS between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies on TBS Thursday was the lowest rated LCS game in history garnering a 3.6 national television rating. The lowest rating prior was 4.9, which was rated for both Game Four of the ALCS in 2005 between the White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Game Three of the NLCS last season between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals.
For games that had 4.9 ratings, they were played on a Saturday night, which garners the lowest television ratings of the week. Contrast that with this season’s NLCS Game One which was on Thursday.
Even with the lowest LCS rating, TBS can claim one victory: the game was the highest rated show on cable for the day.
To read more on television ratings for the 2007 postseason, read The Ratings Game on Baseball Prospectus.
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