FOX Sports is proud to present up to 28 postseason games in 27 days of October. Postseason baseball on FOX headlines an incredible schedule of live sports broadcasts in a month that may feature as many as 62 MLB and NFL games on the network, easily the biggest sports month of the year.
A year ago, MLB postseason on FOX controlled prime time throughout October in every key demographic. FOX's 18 prime-time postseason windows averaged a 6.1 rating among Adults 18-49, +56% better than the season-to-date average of FOX's No. 1 competitor (CBS at a 3.9).
The 2005 Division Series on FOX Sports kicks off in prime time, Tuesday, October 4 (8:00 PM ET). Playoff action returns to FOX Thursday, October 6 (8:00 PM ET) and continues with a Division Series doubleheader on Saturday, October 8 (4:00 & 7:30 PM ET). On Sunday, October 9, FOX Sports follows up a seven-game NFL doubleheader slate with a prime time Division Series nightcap at 7:30 PM ET, should it be necessary. Division Series coverage concludes Monday, October 10 on FOX with potential Game 5 doubleheader coverage at 4:00 PM ET and 8:00 PM ET. Teams and locations are to be determined. Depending on the length of each of the four Division Series match-ups, FOX Sports could air as many as seven games during MLB's first playoff round.
FOX Sports begins its exclusive live coverage of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series on Tuesday, October 11 with Game 1 (8:00 PM ET). Exclusive live coverage of the National League Championship Series begins with a prime time split-national telecast of NLCS Game 1 and ALCS Game 2 on Wednesday, October 12 (8:00 PM ET). Areas of natural geographic interest receive NLCS Game 1 on their local FOX broadcast affiliate, while a simultaneous live feed of ALCS Game 2 is available on FX cable network. Areas of the country receiving ALCS Game 2 on FOX over-the-air stations are able to watch NLCS Game 1 on FX. FX is available in over 86 million U.S. households.
The Major League Baseball postseason culminates on FOX with the 101st edition of the World Series, live and in prime time, beginning in the American League city with Game 1 on Saturday, October 22 (7:30 PM ET).
The 2004 WORLD SERIES concluded with an average rating of 15.8/25 and an average audience of 25.4 million. It was the highest-rated World Series since 1999 and the highest-rated on FOX since 1996. The 25.4 million viewer average audience makes it the most-watched World Series since 1995 and the most-watched ever on FOX.
Joe Buck and Tim McCarver and Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons serve as FOX Sports' primary MLB postseason broadcast teams. Jeanne Zelasko and Kevin Kennedy anchor all pre- and postgame coverage. Additional broadcasters will be added to FOX Sports' postseason MLB coverage as needed and will be announced at a later date.
David Hill and Ed Goren are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports. Bill Brown is Senior Producer. Scott Ackerson is the Coordinating Producer of MLB on FOX' studio coverage; Gary Lang produces. Pete Macheska is lead game producer of FOX Sports' Major League Baseball coverage. Bill Webb directs.
Following is the complete 2005 MLB on FOX postseason broadcast schedule:
Schedule Subject to Change/All Times Eastern
|Tuesday, Oct. 4th||TBD||FOX||8 p.m.|
|Thursday, Oct. 6th||TBD||FOX||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 8th||TBD||FOX||4 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 8th||TBD||FOX||7:30 p.m.|
|*Sunday, October 9th||TBD||FOX||7:30 p.m.|
|*Monday, October 10th||TBD||FOX||4 p.m.|
|*Monday, October 10th||TBD||FOX||8 p.m.|
AL & NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Schedule Subject To Change/All Times Eastern
|Tuesday, Oct. 11th||ALCS Game 1||TBD||8 p.m.|
|**Wednesday, Oct. 12th||NLCS Game 1||TBD||8 p.m.(split-national)|
|**Wednesday, Oct. 12th||ALCS Game 2||TBD||8 p.m.(split-national)|
|Thursday, October 13th||NLCS Game 2||TBD||8 p.m.|
|Friday, October 14th||ALCS Game 3||TBD||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 15th||NLCS Game 3||TBD||4 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 15th||ALCS Game 4||TBD||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 16th||ALCS Game 5*||TBD||4 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 16th||NLCS Game 4||TBD||7:30 p.m.|
|Monday, October 17th||NLCS Game 5*||TBD||8 p.m.|
|Tuesday, October 18th||ALCS Game 6*||TBD||8 p.m.|
|Wednesday, October 19th||NLCS Game 6*||TBD||4 p.m.|
|Wednesday, October 19th||ALCS Game 7*||FOX||8 p.m.|
|Thursday, October 20th||NLCS Game 7*||TBD||8 p.m.|
101st WORLD SERIES
All Games Broadcast By FOX
Schedule Subject to Change/All Times Eastern
|Saturday, Oct. 22nd||Game 1||American League city||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, Oct. 23rd||Game 2||American League city||7:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, October 25th||Game 3||National League city||8 p.m.|
|Wednesday, October 26th||Game 4||National League city||8 p.m.|
|Thursday, October 27th||Game 5*||National League city||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 29th||Game 6*||American League city||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 30th||Game 7*||American League city||7:30 p.m.|
* If necessary
** Split-national telecast of Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 2 of the ALCS. Certain areas receive NLCS Game 1 on their local FOX broadcast affiliate, while a simultaneous live feed of ALCS Game 2 is available on FX, and vice versa. FX is available in over 86 million U.S. households.
# If the ALCS concludes on or before Oct. 18, then NLCS Game 6 will move to 8:00 PM ET.