Numbers are in: 2.35 million people watched Game 1 of ALDS

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(Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post/file)

Send Harold Reynolds these statistics with a side of maple syrup.

An estimated 2.35 million people watched Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Jays and the Texas Rangers, setting a network record for Sportsnet as the most-watched program in its history.

Overall, 6.5 million Canadians watched part of the record-setting ALDS Game 1, which the Jays lost, 5-3. Audience levels peaked at 3.75 million viewers at 6:29 p.m. ET in the bottom of the 9th inning, as Russell Martin was at bat with two out.

The 2.35 million average audience marks a 15% increase over the previous record (Jays-Yankees on Sept. 22, with an average audience of 2.05 million) and a 740% increase over last year’s ALDS Game 1 featuring the Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles on October 2, 2014, which averaged 280,000 viewers.

This marks the 58th Blue Jays broadcast to eclipse the one million viewer mark, and the third Jays broadcast to surpass the two million viewer mark in 2015.

During Sunday’s Game 3 broadcast – which the Jays won, 5-1 – Reynolds, a Fox Sports analyst and former MLB second-baseman, said Canadians couldn’t catch foul balls since they don’t play a lot of baseball.

He’s learning Canadians aren’t so polite. Check out the Reynolds-inspired tweets here and here.

-Kelly Roche


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