Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Game 7 of ALCS draws huge audience

The Rays' victory over the Red Sox on Sunday night in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series was the most-watched baseball game in the history of cable television with 13.4-million viewers, according to TBS. That topped the 10-million viewers ESPN drew for a 1998 game between the Cubs and the Cardinals when St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire tied Major League Baseball's single-season home run record.

And in what might be more stunning news in this football-crazed market, more people in Tampa Bay tuned in to the Rays game than the Bucs game Sunday night. About 698,000 people watched the Rays game, and about 416,000 watched the Bucs as they beat the Seahawks on NBC.

In Boston, the numbers were staggering for Game 7 of the ALCS — about 967,000 households were tuned in, nearly twice the number of households (491,000) in Tampa Bay.

Game 7 was not only the most-watched baseball game in cable history, it was also TBS's highest-rated telecast ever, the second most-watched telecast on cable this year and the most-watched baseball game on cable or network TV this year.

Tom Jones, Times staff writer

Game 7 of ALCS draws huge audience 10/20/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:35pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. After state, academics will trump athletics for King ace Brian Lee

    Baseballpreps

    TAMPA — Brian Lee can still see himself on the pitcher's mound at Venice High School. Four years ago he was a freshman left-handed reliever just trying to keep King's state championship dreams alive.

    Pitcher Brian Lee participates in a practice at King High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, May 26, 2017.
  2. Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charge in Florida

    Public Safety

    Tiger Woods was arrested on a DUI charge Monday in Jupiter, according to the Palm Beach County sheriff's office.

    Tiger Woods has been arrested on a DUI charge in Florida.
  3. Five cool things to do when it's hot outside

    Outdoors

    Summer is not officially here, but it may as well be. School is out, vacations are coming, and it's time to enjoy the outdoors. Don't buy the argument that summer in Florida is too hot to get outside. There is plenty to do, and we'll prove it. Here are five cool things to do outdoors during another hot summer.

    Rainbow Springs State Park is a registered natural landmark. Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon is one several state parks with natural swimming holes in Florida. (Octavio Jones | Times)
  4. Rays morning after: A lot that went into a marathon win

    Blogs

    Rays manager Kevin Cash had a simple strategy when Fox Sports Sun's Alex Corddry asked him how the team would move on from Sunday's marathon win and get ready to face the Rangers tonight in Texas:

    Kevin Kiermaier of the Rays celebrates as teammate Michael Martinez slides safely into home plate to score a run against the Minnesota Twins during the 14th inning.
  5. Rays journal: Erasmo Ramirez ready to start a day after closing game

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — RHP Erasmo Ramirez was on the mound to finish Sunday's 15-inning marathon win over the Twins and will start tonight's game against the Rangers.

    The Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez throws 12 pitches in the 15th inning against the Twins to earn the save then says after the game that he’s ready to make his scheduled start against the Rangers: “My arm feels good.”