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As Royals keep rolling, Fox Sports Kansas City sets ratings record during victory over Yankees

Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was congratulated after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning of Monday’s game against the Yankees.
Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was congratulated after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning of Monday’s game against the Yankees. jsleezer@kcstar.com

A torrid run during the month of August resulted in a record television rating for the Royals and Fox Sports Kansas City on Monday night.

The Royals’ 8-5 victory over the New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium was the highest-rated telecast ever on Fox Sports Kansas City, garnering an 18.4 household rating in the Kansas City area, according to Nielsen Media Research. The number is roughly equivalent to 166,000 households.

The telecast broke the previous record of 17.8, set June 1 during a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. That win completed a perfect 6-0 home stand.

The Royals’ telecast on Monday beat Kansas City’s nine over-the-air TV stations combined during the game. It peaked at a 22.3 rating — or 201,000 households — from 9:30 to 9:45 p.m.

This is the 15th season of Royals baseball on FSKC. The network saw an expected ratings dip earlier this month during the Olympics. But the Royals’ run of 18 win in 22 games has stoked interest in the defending World Series champions.

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