CBS led Friday prime time among total viewers and was neck-and-neck for the lead with NBC in adults 18-49.
MLB Network’s telecast of the 13-inning Game Two thriller in the “American League Division Series” between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians averaged 3.2 million viewers and peaked with 5.3 million viewers during the final 18 minutes of the game from 10:00-10:18 p.m. ET, marking the network’s second-most watched telecast and highest peak audience in its history.
The San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of National League Division Series from Oct. 8, 2016 still holds the network record in average total audience for a telecast (4.6 million) but it peaked at 5.2 million viewers, about 100,000 short of Yankees-Indians.
New York delivered an 8.2 household rating with a peak of 12.1 from 9:30-9:45 p.m. ET, and Cleveland drew a 15.5 rating and a peak of 21.5 from 10:15-10:30 p.m. ET, covering the final out of the game and the start of postgame coverage, marking MLB Network’s highest local ratings in each market.
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