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Cubs-Pirates Pitch TBS Wild Card Ratings Record

Major League Baseball’s Wild Card game hit another ratings home run last night on cable with TBS’ Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates telecast.

TBS generated a network Wild Card game record 5.5 overnight rating for its coverage of the Cubs’ 4-0 win over the Pirates, according to Nielsen. The rating beats out TBS' previous Wild Card game high of a 4.1 rating set by the 2012 Baltimore Orioles/Texas Rangers game.

 Total viewership numbers for the Cubs-Pirates telecast will be released later today.

TBS’ Cubs-Pirates game is the highest for a TBS baseball game since the 2011 NLDS Game 5 St. Louis Cardinals/Philadelphia Phillies contest, according to network officials.

The performance comes on the heels of ESPN’s Houston Astros-New York Yankees telecast Tuesday which drew a Wild Card game record 5.7 overnight rating and 7.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen

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