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10/29/09 3:13 PM EST
TV watchers rate Lee-CC matchup high
Game 1 viewership up nearly 30 percent over last year
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
With two former Cy Young Award winners on the mound and the Yankees involved, millions of fans determined Game 1 of the World Series to be must-see TV. And strong ratings bear that out.
The Yankees are in the Fall Classic for the first time since 2003, and their popularity was bound to result in an uptick in ratings. Game 1 also featured a showdown between 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia of the Yankees and 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee of the Phillies. It marked just the sixth time in history that two Cy Young Award winners squared off in a World Series matchup. Ratings represent the percentage of all households with televisions tuned into a program, while shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.