St. Louis Cardinals

Cards-Cubs opener is most-watched division series game since 2008

A total of 5.4 million viewers watched the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday, making it the most-watched division series game since 2008, according to TBS.

The game drew a 27.8 household rating in St. Louis, the most ever for a division series game in St. Louis, according to TBS. Chicago had a 16.8 rating.

The figures mean that 27.8 percent of the households in the St. Louis market were tuned into the game.

The game telecast peaked with an average of 7 million total viewers from 8 to 8:15 p.m. local time, a 107-percent increase over the ratings for the last NLDS Game 1 televised by TBS in 2013, TBS said.

The New York Mets-Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS Game 1, which followed the Cardinals-Cubs game, averaged 4.7 million viewers. It drew a 10.1 rating in New York and an 8.1 rating in Chicago.

In 2008, a Chicago Cubs-Los Angeles Dodgers division serie sgame also drew an audience of 5.4 million, TBS said.