Another week, another ratings milestone for the Royals in Kansas City. Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader vs. Cleveland was the highest-rated Royals telecast ever on FOX Sports Kansas City. It averaged a 7.9 household rating (73,000 households) in the Kansas City DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Royals telecasts in Kansas City are averaging a 5.7 household rating through 20 games, up 35 percent over last season.

Saturday’s win was the fourth highest-rated game. It averaged a 7.3 rating (68,000 households), peaking at a 9.6 (89,000 households) in the 9th inning. It was the highest-rated TV program of the day in Kansas City.

FOX Sports Kansas City has televised an estimated 900 Royals games in 11-plus seasons (1997-2002; 2008-13). Nine of the top ten highest-rated games all time on FOX Sports Kansas City are from this season.  The game on May 6, 2009, was a win over Seattle which moved the Royals two games in first place.  The Royals would own a three game lead the next day at 18-11, the biggest lead they would hold in the AL Central the rest of that season, before they finished 65-97 and in fourth place.

Rank/Rating/Date/Game

1. 7.9 4/28/13 (Game 1) vs. Cleveland

2 7.5 5/6/09 vs. Seattle

3. 7.4 4/21/13 (Game 1) at Boston

4. 7.3 4/27/13 vs. Cleveland

5. 7.3 4/10/13 vs. Minnesota

6. 7.2 4/9/13 vs. Minnesota

7. 7.1 4/21/13 (Game 2) at Boston

8. 7.1 4/13/13 vs. Toronto

9. 6.7 4/20/13 at Boston

10. 6.5 4/12/13 vs. Toronto