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Mets-Cubs Scores 6.6 Million Viewers

While the audience for Game 2 of TBS’ New York Mets-Chicago Cubs National League Championship Series fell short of the series’ opener, the network is still on a record-setting MLB playoffs viewership pace.

The game, which the Mets won 4-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the best of seven series, averaged 6.6 million viewers against stiff competition from NBC’s New England Patriots-Indianapolis Colts Sunday Night Football telecast. The NLCS Game 2 telecast was down from the 7.9 million Game 1 of the series garnered Saturday, according to Nielsen.

TBS is averaging 7.2 million viewers through two games, up 53% over its 2013 coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals-Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS series, and up 41% over last year’s ALDS series between the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles, according to TBS.  

Overall, TBS is averaging 5.9 viewers for its 2015 MLB playoffs coverage, up 40% over last year’s coverage to rank as the network’s most-viewed postseason coverage to date.  

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.