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.
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.