The friendly confines of Wrigley Field didn’t seem so friendly to the Cubs, and TBS must be hoping for a miracle that stretches this series out to five games…or at least four. The Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs game drew the most viewers of any of the game ones, with 5.381 million average viewers for game one. The Boston Red Sox vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was the next most watched, with 4.442 million.
In fairness, of game one, not all of the difference in the lead is the markets. The game one for the Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox vs. the Tampa Bay Rays both took place during the daytime.
Here are the Nielsen numbers for all the game ones of the Division Series round of the playoffs. As of this writing we haven’t seen any of the game two numbers:
Game Network Viewers P2+
Dodgers – Cubs TBS 5,381,000
Red Sox – Angels TBS 4,442,000
Brewers – Phillies TBS 2,764,000
White Sox – Rays TBS 2,610,000
Source: The Nielsen Company
[TV by the Numbers, Oct 3 2008]