TV Ratings: World Series Stays High as Cubs Force Game 7

Early returns have Tuesday's game on track to pull well over 20 million viewers.
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Fox and fans of baseball got their wish Tuesday night. After one of the highest scoring games of the 2016 World Series, the Chicago Cubs nabbed a strong third win to guarantee a Game 7.

Ratings may not yet have reached their peak, but they certainly held strong in Game 6. Overnight returns have the Cubs' 9-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians averaging a 14.8 rating among metered market households. That's only off 3 percent from the most recent game.

Tuesday's showing all but guarantees a massive haul for Wednesday's conclusion. With a tied 3-3 series, the Cubs and Indians will face each other one last time Wednesday night.

The 2016 World Series is so strong, recent comparisons seem silly at this point. Last year's championship wrapped with Game 5 — and the last series to go to Game 6, in 2014, earned a limp 13.4 million viewers. This World Series is still pacing as the best (through this many games) since 2004.

Prior to Tuesday, the high for the series was set with Sunday's 15.3 overnight rating. That translated to a massive 23.6 million viewers, easily outshining all primetime NFL audiences this season. Sunday's big showing pushed the five-game average to a massive 19.3 million viewers.

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