The Cardinals’ 4-3 win over the Brewers on TBS last night in Game 3 of the NLCS was the 10th one-run game of the Postseason, already more than last year’s total (8) and only two shy of the all-time record of 12 set in 1995 and equaled in 1997 and 2003.
The 10 one-run games this year do not include either Game 2 or 4 of the ALCS, both extra-inning contests won by the Rangers by more than one run thanks to a pair of home runs by Nelson Cruz that accounted for a combined seven runs, and included the only “official” walk-off grand slam in Postseason history. Cruz is the only player ever with multiple extra-inning home runs in one postseason series, joining David Ortiz as the only players to do it in a single postseason.
Game 4 of the ALCS on FOX and Game 3 of the NLCS on TBS combined to attract an average of more than 13.6 million viewers from 8:00-10:30pm ET when the two games aired simultaneously in prime time. Last night’s action drew the highest ratings of the current postseason to-date in St. Louis (34.3), Detroit (32.8) and Dallas-Fort Worth (24.3). In addition, Game 4 of the ALCS was the most-watched weekday LCS game that started before prime time since Game 6 of the 2004 NLCS.
TV viewership for the MLB Postseason on FOX and TBS has continued to grow despite multiple games being affected by rain and the four remaining teams combining for the smallest average market size of any LCS since 1995.