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Rangers-Astros Produces Most-Watched ALCS Game 1 Since 2010

  • The Texas Rangers’ 2-0 win over the Houston Astros averaged 7.27 million viewers across Fox, Fox Deportes, and Fox Sports streaming platforms.
  • With 242,000 average viewers, Fox Deportes’ telecast was the most-watched Spanish-language LCS Game 1 ever.
Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager singles during the first inning of game one of the ALCS against the Houston Astros in the 2023 MLB playoffs at Minute Maid Park.
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

An all-Texas American League Championship Series is producing big viewership numbers.

The Texas Rangers’ 2-0 win over the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the 2023 ALCS averaged 7.27 million viewers across Fox, Fox Deportes, and Fox Sports streaming platforms — making it the most-viewed ALCS Game 1 since the Rangers played the New York Yankees in 2010 (8.11M) and the most-viewed LCS Game 1 since Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets in 2015 (7.89M).

It also represented a 28% increase from 2022’s ALCS Game 1 between the Astros and Yankees.

Broken down, the linear broadcast on Fox averaged 7.02 million viewers, while the 242,000 who watched on Fox Deportes accounted for the most-watched Spanish-language telecast of an LCS Game 1 in history.

It’s a strong start to MLB’s semifinals after a less successful Wild Card round on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 that saw an 18% decline in viewership year-over-year. 

The Championship Series features teams with a combined 354 regular-season wins — the lowest in MLB history — leading to some concerns about the current playoff format.

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