First Two World Series Games Post Highest Ratings in Seven Years
The Chicago Cubs won Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night to even things at 1-1. But the biggest winner of all was FOX.
The network scored its highest baseball ratings in seven years over the first two games. Last night’s Game 2 posted an 11.3 overnight rating, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And Tuesday’s Game 1 did even better, scoring a 12.6 overnight — which translates to an audience of 19.4 million viewers.
Those are the best numbers since the 2009 World Series, which matched the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. Per The Hollywood Reporter the 2016 Series projects to be “on par” with 2009 from a ratings standpoint, but slightly behind 2004 — which featured the Boston Red Sox trying to overcome the curse of the Bambino and snap their 86-year Series drought.
As expected, the ratings in the two local markets are astronomical. The website Sports Tv Ratings reports that the local number topped 35 in both markets:
11.3 overnight +22% vs last year’s game 2. 38.9 rating for game 2 in Cleveland, 35.4 in Chicago
— Sports TV Ratings (@SportsTVRatings) October 27, 2016
Most importantly for FOX, the Series is guaranteed to go at least five games. And there appears to be a strong chance for a Game 6, and even a possibility of a Game 7. A Game 6 or 7 with the Cubs having a chance to win their first World Series since 1908 projects to be one of the highest-rated non-NFL sporting events in decades.
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