TV Ratings: MLB Championship Series Open Lower

Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game One -Getty H 2020
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Add Major League Baseball to to the list of sports whose TV ratings have suffered this fall, with both league championship series games on Monday falling considerably from a year ago. Elsewhere, CBS got modest numbers from the broadcast debut of One Day at a Time.

Fox drew 4.2 million viewers for game one of the National League Championship Series between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. That's down 31 percent from the comparable 2019 telecast, game one of the American League Championship on Fox.

TBS' afternoon telecast of the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros in the American League managed just 1.88 million viewers. Sunday's opener for the AL series drew 2.07 million people. Compared to the NLCS on TBS last year (Fox and Turner switch leagues every other year), games one and two are off by a steep 49 percent.

One Day at a Time averaged 1.54 million viewers for two episodes on CBS — about three times larger than the audience it drew on Pop TV and TV Land in the spring, but pretty small for a Big Four broadcast network. The show also drew a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49. Big Brother (4.03 million viewers, 1.0 in adults 18-49) was steady to lead off the night, and Manhunt: Deadly Games (1.37 million, 0.2) stayed low.

ABC's Dancing With the Stars (0.9 in 18-49, 6.26 million viewers) was on par with last week, while NBC's American Ninja Warrior (0.6, 3.09 million) tied its season high in the demo.

ESPN's Monday Night Football telecast led all of primetime in both total viewers (10.69 million) and adults 18-49 (3.35 rating), though it was down slightly year to year. Tucker Carlson Tonight scored 5.13 million viewers for Fox News, leading the non-NFL portion of the cable rankings.

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