NEW YORK (AP) Ratings for the American League championship series are up 34 percent over last year.

TBS said Saturday that the series between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees averaged a 5.1 rating on the network, which also saw its audience jump 36 percent over 2009 to 8,223,000 viewers.

The Rangers’ pennant clinching victory in Game 6 Friday night was the most watched game this year and the second-most watched in the network’s 34-year history.

The broadcast earned a 7.2 rating and drew 11.9 million viewers. For TBS, that trails only Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, which had a 7.9 rating and 13.4 million viewers.

Texas’ win also captured strong ratings in the teams’ respective markets, with an 18.4 mark in New York and 28.5 in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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