FS1 saw a viewership surge with Game 5 of the Astros/Royals American League Division Series reeling in 5,944,000 viewers on the network, making it the most-watched telecast in network history by 17%. The contest also handed FOX Deportes with 146,000 viewers, making it the network’s most-watched ALDS game this year. Kansas City led all local markets for FS1, posting a 36.3 rating, followed by Houston (15.7), Austin (5.4), Hartford (5.2) and St. Louis (5.1). Earlier in the day, the Rangers/Blue Jays elimination game generated 3,199,000 viewers in the afternoon, second best of all time for the channel. Overall, the 2015 ALDS on FS1 averaged 2,795,000 viewers, off pace by 10% from the NLDS on FS1 last year although the two additional games this year saw total viewing of the LDS round grow 20%.
FOX Sports now showcases the Royals/Blue Jays for the ALCS starting today at 7p with game time at 8p. Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci call the action for the ALCS action from the booth with reports from Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews. All ALCS games on FOX & FS1 are also televised in Spanish exclusively on FOX Deportes.