The game, which the Astros trampled the Red Sox 7-2, averaged 5,821,000 viewers. Compared to the 2016 ALCS Game 1, the viewership was up 42% vs. 2016 with double-digit growth across all key demos. Game 1 peaked with an average of 6.9 million viewers from 11-11:15 PM ET.
TBS’s 2018 MLB Postseason viewership is up 41% over 2016, the last time the network televised the A.L., and 11% over last year. On Turner’s TV Everywhere platforms, viewership was up 53% in total streaming minutes per game during the 2018 MLB Postseason.
On the local front, Houston was the No. 1 metered market, generating a 20.0 local rating, the highest-rated telecast ever for any program on TBS in the market while Boston generated a 19.8 HH rating, the best MLB Postseason telecast on TBS in the market since 2013.
The Astros will attempt to go for a second win against the Red Sox today in Game 2 on TBS.