The A’s-Royals game did pretty well in the ratings

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I’m guessing a lot of people went to bed before it was over. I’m also guessing a lot of people jumped on to watch it after it got weird. But either way, the A’s-Royals playoff game did pretty well last night.

Major League Baseball says 5.2 million viewers tuned in to TBS for the game, which is a 14% increase over the Tuesday night Wild Card Game between the Pirates and Reds last year. TBS beat all cable competition last night as well. The local ratings in Kansas City were pretty good too, drawing a 30.3 rating, making it the highest-rated MLB telecast on record there (though it’s worth noting, local rating records don’t go back too far).

I figure the Royals will lead to good ratings if they stay in it, mostly because they are the team the general public is least familiar with and the one with the most compelling narrative. At least if you’re into that sort of thing.