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Cubs-Pirates Gives TBS Its Best MLB Wild Card Overnight Rating On Record

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 08 / 15

TBS drew a 5.5 overnight rating for the Cubs' 4-0 win over the Pirates in the NL Wild Card game last night, marking the net's best Wild Card overnight since the format began in '12. That rating is up 45% from TBS' Royals-A's telecast last year, which aired on a Tuesday night. It also marks TBS' best...

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