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Royals’ ALDS opener on Thursday was a Kansas City TV viewing record

Mike Moustakas celebrated with Nori Aoki after hitting a solo home run in the 11th inning in game one of the ALDS.
Mike Moustakas celebrated with Nori Aoki after hitting a solo home run in the 11th inning in game one of the ALDS. The Kansas City Star

The Royals’ 3-2 win Thursday over the Angels in game one of the American League Division Series drew the highest ratings for a baseball contest in Kansas City history.

According to TBS, the telecast had a 30.8 rating here, the highest rating for an MLB game in the market on record (dating to 1998). Kansas City has 923,000 television households, so that means an estimated 284,284 households were tuned into the game, which the Royals won 3-2 in 11 innings.

Los Angeles’ rating was 8.5, according to TBS.

The Royals-Angels game averaged 4.2 million viewers total, which TBS says was up 20 percent over the Dodgers/Braves telecast from the year before.

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