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Royals setting records with television ratings

Royals setting records with television ratings

DETROIT -- The Royals' ratings continue to set highs this year for Fox Sports Kansas City.

The Royals-Red Sox series last Saturday and Sunday following the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt was the highest-rated series in the network's history. It averaged a 7.0 household rating in the Kansas City area, according to Nielsen Media Research. That passed the 6.9 for the first home series this year against Minnesota.

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Royals telecasts averaged 5.7 through 16 games, up 36 percent over last year. The afternoon opener of Sunday's doubleheader in Boston was the second-highest rated game ever on the network, averaging 7.4 and peaking at 9.9 (or 92,000 households) in the ninth inning.

The pre- and post-game shows also hit all-time highs on Sunday, with a 5.9 after the first game and a 3.4 before the second game.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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