Screamed the AP headline on SI.com. Here is the rest of the story.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NL championship series opener between Colorado and Arizona was easily the least-watched LCS prime-time game ever. Colorado’s 5-1 victory over Arizona on Thursday night received a 3.6 national rating, TBS said Friday. The previous low for a prime-time LCS game was 4.9, set by Game 4 of the AL championship series between the Chicago White Sox and the Angels on Fox in 2005 and matched by Game 3 of the NLCS between St. Louis and the New York Mets on Fox last year.
I don’t usually do news stories around here, as Bob Timmermann does such a great job at the Griddle, but considering it makes my point even stronger…
Once again let me reiterate that the Rockies are a great story and deserve to be congratulated. Unfortunately when so few have interest, the story gets lost. This series could be as thrilling as the Yankees/D-backs World Series and so few would ever know. Let me repeat: The Rockies and D-Backs making the NLCS are not bad for baseball, but them playing each other in the NLCS is bad for baseball. My guess is the ratings will get even worse, with the Rockies seemingly on their way to the Series.
Now the Rockies versus the Red Sox is a wonderful David and Goliath match-up. As someone who loves the game and wants it to grow as a sport, I sure hope this is the match-up we get.