The Cubs-Mets matchup in the NLCS widely was expected to be a ratings blockbuster or TBS, but as everyone in the sports TV business knows, big ratings usually require long playoff series.

So while the Mets' four-game sweep obviously was good news for them and their fans, it meant the juicy showdown would not live up to expectations on the TV end.

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Sure enough, the series averaged a solid but hardly spectacular 7.9 million viewers and 4.8 percent of homes nationally. The Mets' Game 4 victory Wednesday night was right at the series average, with 7.9 million viewers.

Game 4 averaged 19.9 percent of homes in the Chicago area and 18.8 percent in New York.