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NLDS sets MLB Network viewership records

Dodgers-Braves Game 1 draws 3rd-most viewers in network's history; Brewers-Rockies Game 3 sets Milwaukee record
October 8, 2018

We're not even a full week in, and this year's MLB playoffs have already delivered a number of memorable moments and thrilling matchups on baseball's brightest stage. As a result, this year's postseason is breaking viewership records on MLB Network.An average of 2 million viewers -- with a peak audience

We're not even a full week in, and this year's MLB playoffs have already delivered a number of memorable moments and thrilling matchups on baseball's brightest stage. As a result, this year's postseason is breaking viewership records on MLB Network.
An average of 2 million viewers -- with a peak audience of 2.4 million -- tuned in Sunday to watch the Brewers complete their three-game sweep of the Rockies in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Coors Field, making it MLB Network's fourth-largest MLB telecast ever.
The game also set local records with a 22.5 local market rating in Milwaukee, the best local rating for any market in MLB Network history. It's also the best mark for a Brewers game in Milwaukee since Game 6 of the 2011 NL Championship Series and the best for any MLB game in that city since Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, which featured the nearby Cubs defeating the Indians to end their 108-year championship drought.
The success of Sunday's contest comes on the heels of the Braves and Dodgers drawing 2.1 million viewers -- with a peak audience was 2.5 million -- in Game 1 of their NLDS on Thursday for the network's third-best telecast ever. Fans were treated to a dominant performance by Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, as Los Angeles shut out Atlanta, 6-0.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.