Through three games, the Cubs-Cardinals NLDS consistently has drawn larger average viewership totals on TBS than its Mets-Dodgers counterpart, in part because of consistently weak figures from the Los Angeles market.

For example: The Cubs' victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Monday night averaged 27.7 percent of homes in the St. Louis area and 22.3 in Chicago - not surprising given those team's traditional huge draws in those markets.

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Meanwhile, Game 3 at Citi Field averaged 10.9 percent of homes in the New York market, roughly what the NLDS has been averaging here. But L.A.'s figure was only 4.9, consistent with a pattern of also-ran ratings status during the series.

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Turner executives presumably are rooting for a Cubs-Mets NLCS, which would produce massive national viewership.