With the three young players leading the way, the Cubs’ 6-3 victory over Milwaukee did a 3.20 rating on Comcast SportsNet Wednesday. That means an estimated 115,000 homes tuned into an otherwise meaningless September game for the Cubs.
The rating was the second highest of the year on CSN for a Cubs game, trailing only the Cubs-White Sox game on May 5, which did a 3.37. The 3.20 rating also was more than double the 1.5 season average for the Cubs on CSN.
The game peaked at a 4.1 rating (143,000). Overall, thanks to the Cubs, CSN was the third highest-rated network in the Chicago market during primetime (7-10 p.m.).
The rating bodes well for the Cubs, who still are in negotiations for the WGN-9 component of their TV deal. It shows that their ratings will soar if they become competitive again.