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Mets-Cubs NLDS Game 1 Sets Ratings Record

TBS Saturday night kicked off its coverage of the New York Mets- Chicago Cubs National League Championship Series is record fashion.

Game one of the series, which the Mets won 4 to 2, drew 7.9 million viewers, the network’s most viewed NLCS Game 1 ever, according to Nielsen. The telecast is up 46% in total viewers over the network’s 2013 St. Louis Cardinals-Los Angeles Dodgers Game 1 NLCS telecast, and up 34% over last year’s ALCS Game 1 telecast between Kansas City and Baltimore, according to Nielsen.

Overall, the MLB Postseason on TBS is averaging 5.9 million total viewers through 11 telecasts, up 41% over last year to rank as the network’s most-viewed postseason coverage to date, said the network.  

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