When throwing in the AL Central tiebreaker game, League Division Series, and the games played thus far in the League Championship Series, MLB is seeing viewership up 13 percent from last year.
As for the two dramatic games on Monday -- the 11-inning Yankees-Angels ALCS game, and the come from behind win by the Phillies in the 9th with 2 outs in the NLCS -- the ratings shook out as follows:
Game 3 of the ALCS on FOX drew a 6.0 overnight Nielsen rating, the "best overnight for a weekday afternoon LCS game since Cardinals-Astros NLCS Game Six earned an 8.6 rating on Fox in '04," according to the SportsBusiness Daily.
OnTBS, the Dodgers-Phillies NLCS Game 4 earned a 4.4 overnight rating up against Monday Night Football down 4.3 percent from a 4.6 rating for Rays-Red Sox ALCS Game 4 last year, which aired on a Tuesday night.
A large part of the increased interest is due to close games. Through Monday night and including the AL Central tiebreaker game, 11 of 21 games were decided by1 run, the highest percentage (.452) since the addition of the wild card in 1995.
If there is another one-run game over the course of the rest of the postseason, it will tie for a single postseason (12 games decided by 1 game, 1995, 1997, and 2003).
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