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Indians drawing highest TV ratings in MLB

Although the Tribe may not be living up to expectations on the field, they are drawing the highest television audience in all of baseball according to recent data from Nielsen.

The Indians took a step into the spotlight last October when they advanced to the World Series with a 7-1 postseason record over the Red Sox and Blue Jays.

Although they came up short in their pursuit of a title, that memorable journey is paying dividends just seven months later.

Recent data from Nielsen shows SportsTime Ohio atop the leaderboard for the highest television ratings in the big leagues. The regional station began on March 12, 2016 and was founded by owner Larry Dolan.

Here are some other statistics to show the network’s early-season success in 2017…

- The Tribe has an average household rating (HH) of 8, a mark that reaches 120,000 households throughout Northeast Ohio.

- 8 HH is a 60% boost from an identical sample size of games in 2016.

- No other MLB team has an increase in television ratings as drastic as Cleveland.

- Behind the Indians in TV ratings are the Cardinals (7.92 HH), Royals (7.55 HH) and Orioles (7.53 HH).

If the club continues to thrive under the leadership of Terry Francona and a core comprised of Francisco Lindor, Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller, then these numbers might have room for even more substantial growth as the campaign progresses.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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