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Saturday Final Nationals: Yankees-Astros ALCS Game Seven Sets New FS1 Viewer Record

FS1 was the No. 1 network by all accounts on Saturday night, courtesy of the deciding Game 7 of the “2017 American League Championship Series” between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. It was the most-watched telecast in FS1 history, with an average of 9.924 million viewers, peaking at 11.758 million viewers from 11:00 to 11:15 PM ET, as the Astros clinched their very first American League pennant. This surpasses the previous top FS1 mark of 9.706 million from Oct. 22, 2016 for L.A. Dodgers at Chicago Cubs in NLCS Game 6.

ALCS Game 7 was the most-watched MLB League Championship Series game in Fox Deportes history with 445,000 viewers, and second-most watched MLB telecast overall, behind Game 7 of last year’s World Series (565,000). Fox Sports Go, with an average-minute streaming audience of 152,748, set the record for its best LCS game in platform history.

Other ratings notes on the game telecast:

Most-watched League Championship Series telecast on any network since 2010 (10/23/10 San Francisco-Philadelphia on Fox, 11,639,000).

Third-most-watched MLB telecast of any kind on cable behind the New York Yankees-Texas Rangers ALCS Game 6 in 2010 (11,863,000) and Boston-Tampa Bay ALCS Game 7 in 2008 (13,357,000) — both had aired on TBS.

+22 percent versus the previous League Championship Series Game 7 (8,108,000) for St. Louis – San Francisco on Fox on a Monday night in 2012.

The ALCS had its best performance since 2013, averaging 6.517 million viewers across FOX and FS1. Additionally, it is up 95 percent over TBS’ 2016 ALCS: Cleveland vs. Toronto (3.34 million), which ended in five games.

Following FS1’s first-ever LCS Game 7, postseason to date, FS1/Fox is averaging 5.1 million viewers, virtually flat with last year’s NLCS and the Cubs’ historic run.

Overall, across all networks, the MLB postseason currently is the most-watched since 2011, averaging 4.763 million viewers.

(Source: Fox Sports)

Cable Rankings – Saturday 10/21/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Saturday, October 21:


For the entire week of October 16-22 2017 in Total Day (8 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Adult Swim is down 3 percent in viewership (0.753 million vs. 0.776 million) and down 5 percent among Adults 18-49 (475,000 vs. 499,000) from one week earlier; the network is also down 17 percent in viewership (0.753 million vs. 0.911 million) and down 11 percent among Adults 18-49 (475,000 vs. 533,000) from the same week one year ago (October 17-23, 2016). (http://programminginsider.com/?p=20136)

Programming Insider TOONAMI – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017











Adult Swim PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
A1849
rating
A1849
(000)
11:00 Dragon Ball Super (r) 940 0.43 559
11:30 Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters 860 0.40 516
12:00a Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 696 0.35 451
12:30a Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphana 648 0.32 417
ProgrammingInsider.com
1:00a Hunter X Hunter 623 0.31 404
1:30a Lupin the 3rd: Part 4 541 0.28 357
2:00a Naruto: Shippuden 632 0.33 429
2:30a Outlaw Star 427 0.21 267
3:00a Cowboy Bebop (r) 427 0.21 276
3:30a Ghost in the Shell: 2nd Gig (r) 385 0.19 247

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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  1. Can’t speak for others, but I have been more interested in baseball since I don’t watch the NFL anymore.

    • I like football couldn’t stop watching the NFL or the Lions play either. MLB playoffs have been pretty good.

  2. Interestingly, it shows how News Corp thinks of their flagship as not as important as their sports cable network, copying what Disney did to ABC to (successfully) get cable channels to charge $7 a month for ESPN whether you watch it of not…

    I think FSN may be a bit late to the party and desperately needed those playoffs on the flagship… I could be wrong… 🙂

    • It’s FS1 FSN is regional sports network which Fox Sports Detroit is 20 years old went on the air in the fall of 97 has had Redwings, Pistons, Tigers & re-air Lions preseason games since 2015. Fox did air game 1 of ALCS the rest were on FS1 more to do with Fox wanting to air programs than give up a month for baseball.

      • Can’t seen to keep up with all the acronym changes. I thought it was still Fox Sports Network… 🙂

  3. I usually don’t have need for Saturday numbers but I’m curious this time as to the Nick viewership for the following reruns on Nick:
    10:30 a.m. SpongeBob
    11 & 11:30 a.m.: Loud House

    Thank you.

    • SpongeBob (Nickelodeon, 10/21 10:30-11:00 a.m.)
      – 1,762,000 viewers
      – 0.43 adults 18-49 rating

      Loud House (Nickelodeon, 10/21 11:00-11:30 a.m.)
      – 1,464,000 viewers
      – 0.31 adults 18-49 rating

      Loud House (Nickelodeon, 10/21 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
      – 1,399,000 viewers
      – 0.29 adults 18-49 rating