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). (https://programmingins.wpengine.com/?p=20136)
TOONAMI – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017
Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research