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