Game 7 highest-rated cable baseball game

Sunday game top-rated telecast in TBS history

NEW YORK -- Sunday night's tense and exciting-to-the-last-minute Game 7 of the American League Championship Series gave Turner the highest-rated baseball game in cable history and the top-rated telecast in TBS history.

The game averaged 13.3 million viewers Sunday night, Nielsen Media Research said Monday afternoon. It beat out the previous record, which was ESPN's 1998 Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game where Mark McGwire tied the single-season home run record.

It was also the most-watched game so far this year in the MLB regular or post-season, although it didn't include the All-Star Game last July and that record was likely to fall at some point this week or next with when the Rays meet the Phillies in the World Series. And it, and the entire seven-game ALCS, was a win for TBS with 96% more adults 18-34 and 83% more adults 18-49 than Turner got last year for the NLCS.

The Rays beat the Red Sox, 3-1, to advance to the World Series. They will meet the Philadelphia Phillies beginning Wednesday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.