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Dodgers TV blackout a windfall for Angels



American League All-Star Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels poses with the MVP trophy after a 5-3 victory over the National League All-Stars during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
American League All-Star Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels poses with the MVP trophy after a 5-3 victory over the National League All-Stars during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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The Angels trounced the Dodgers on the baseball diamond Monday night 5-0, in the first game of a four-game freeway series.

The Halos also dominated the Dodgers on FOX Sports West TV, scoring a 4.02 household rating, which equals 346,000 viewers. It was the highest rating of the season for The Angels, and their second-best ever on Fox Sports.

In contrast, The Dodgers notched a lowly 1.01 household rating, or 88,000 viewers, on Sportsnet LA.

FOX Sports West has the advantage of being available to all pay-TV households in Southern California unlike Sportsnet LA, which is only seen by 30-percent of households. Thus, this week's games provide a rare chance for many Dodgers fans to see the team on TV, albeit without Vin Scully calling the game.

Overall, the Angels' TV ratings are up 34 percent this year compared to 2013.

Last year, when the Dodgers had games on broadcast TV, they got some of their highest ratings in 15 years. From Variety last August:

Dodgers Fever has officially hit Los Angeles — and local carrier KCAL 9 is a big beneficiary. Nielsen estimates that the blistering hot team’s victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night averaged a big 603,000 viewers in the Los Angeles market, peaking with 814,000 in the final quarter-hour when Mark Ellis knocked in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.