An article in the paper today reports that the TV audience for the National League games has been much larger than that for the American League games. This should not be much of a surprise.
The three largest TV markets in the United States are New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Those would be the homes of the Mets, the Dodgers and the Cubs. The other two teams to make the NL playoffs -- the Cardinals and the Pirates -- hail from St. Louis (#21) and Pittsburgh (#22). The Pirates were gone after one game and the Cards were dispatched in four more, leaving the three biggest audiences in the nation to root for their home teams.
On the flip side, you had the Yankees, the Rangers, the Astros, the Royals and the Blue Jays. Sure, they had a New York team, but the Yanks were gone after one game. That left them with Dallas/Fort Worth (#5), Houston (#16), Kansas City (#31) and Toronto (#1...in Canada).
So, as we move to the next round of playoffs, we have the Mets versus the Cubs on the National League side and the Royals versus the Blue Jays on the American League slate. Want to make any guess about which series is going to have the higher ratings when these two series have ended?