The Cubs and Mets scored big for TBS, with last night’s exclusive presentation of the 2015 National League Championship Series Game 1 averaging 7.9 million total viewers and a 4.5 U.S. HH rating to deliver the network’s most-viewed and highest-rated NLCS Game 1 ever, according to Nielsen Fast Nationals. The telecast – peaking with an average of 9.3 million total viewers from 10-10:15 p.m. ET – propelled TBS to win the night across all of television (cable and broadcast) in prime time, based on metered market delivery.
This year’s Chicago versus New York NLCS Game 1 is up 46% in total viewers and 29% in U.S. HH rating over the network’s comparable NLCS coverage in 2013 (St. Louis vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 5.4 million total viewers; 3.5 U.S. HH rating), with increases of 34% among total viewers and 25% in U.S. HH rating over last year’s ALCS Game 1 (Kansas City vs. Baltimore – 5.9 million total viewers; 3.6 U.S. HH rating).
The Cubs/Mets game generated double-digit growth across key demos including an increase of 35% in 18-49 and 20% in men 18-49. The telecast earned a 20.6 HH rating in Chicago – the best HH rating for an NLCS game in the market since 2003 – and a 17.0 HH rating in New York, the highest rating for an NLCS game in the market since 2006.