Monday, May 27, 2024

Ratings: Yankees-Red Sox Playoff Game Boom! Scores Huge 7 Mil Viewers, Second Place on All of TV (Including Cable)


The Yankees painfully lost to the Red Sox on Tuesday night. But the winner was ESPN. The single playoff game scored 7.1 million viewers and finished second for the night of all shows, broadcast and cable. “The Voice” beat the fabled rivalry by only 100,000 viewers.

So that’s some consolation, a record breaking audience watched the Yankees implode on national TV. When Aaron Judge was ridiculously waved to steal home and was called out, everyone should have turned to something on the CW. But they didn’t.

Nothing on cable came close in the ratings. And on broadcast, the game beat the whole CBS FBI lineup easily. The game also slaughtered NBC’s “La Brea,” a new show much mocked for its silliness. But “La Brea” managed over 5 million viewers, which is amazing for a new show’s debut. “New Amsterdam,” which follows, lost over half its audience.

If there’s a sequel to the Yankees- Red Sox game next season, we’d better win, that’s all I can say. Garrett Cole must get his act together!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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