Wednesday night's game, in which the Tigers' bats came to life in a 7-3 victory that evened the best-of-seven series at two games apiece, averaged 8.09 million viewers, according to Nielsen. This is the second game in the series to draw 8 million or more -- a level that only one League Championship Series game (the seventh and final game of the NLCS) achieved a year ago.
ALCS was averaging 7.2 million viewers, up 29% from Fox's coverage a year ago (of the NLCS), which drew 5.6 million. The Tigers-Red Sox series is also pacing ahead of last year's four-game ALCS (Tigers-New York Yankees), which finished with an average of 5.8 million on TBS.
Detroit led all markets in overnight ratings on Wednesday, earning a 34.5 household rating/52 share, matching Game 2 as the market's highest LCS rating on record. It was followed by the New England-area markets Boston (20.2/34), Providence (18.9/29) and Hartford (10.0/16).
For the night, Fox was neck-and-neck with ABC and CBS for the lead among adults 18-49 (2.3 rating/7 share) and won the night in men 18-49 (3.2/10) and 25-54 (3.5/10).
This year's NLCS on TBS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals has averaged 4.9 million viewers per game, down from the 5.8 million for TBS' coverage a year ago (the four-game ALCS sweep).
The ALCS resumes tonight on Fox, with Game 6 set for Saturday. The NLCS continues Friday night in St. Louis, with a seventh and deciding game, if necessary, set for Saturday night.
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