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RATINGS NEWS & NOTES: ALCS HELPS FOX SCORE RATINGS INCREASE
Published October 15, 1997
Fox earned a 9.4/14 national rating for its coverage of Game Five of the ALCS, marking a 34% improvement on Fox's Game Five coverage of the '96 NLCS during a similar time slot of a Monday night. The rating also beat Fox's Monday night season-to-date 7.1 primetime average by 32%. Through four primetime telecasts, Fox's ALCS coverage has averaged 9.1, up 7% over its coverage of the '96 NLCS which earned an 8.5 average (Fox Sports). The AP's David Bauder reports that "[h]elped by the [MLB] playoffs, Fox continued to be the only major television network to see an increase in viewers" during the fall season. Last week, Fox's four top- rated shows were baseball playoff games (AP, 10/15). SKINNING THE O'S: In the Washington area, the Redskins won the "local battle of the airwaves" on Monday, with ABC's Cowboys-Redskins "Monday Night Football" game receiving a 31.6/49 local rating, while Fox's ALCS Game Five received an 18.4/28 (WASHINGTON POST, 10/15)....In Northeast Ohio, Game Five of the ALCS on WJW-TV earned a 50.0/68, which was "slightly lower" than Game Four, 51.1, but higher than the first three games. Through five games, the series is averaging a 42.5 (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 10/15).