8:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: World Series, With Interruption, Kicks Off to 6-Year High
The first game of the 2015 World Series may have been interrupted by a power outage, but that didn't keep viewers away. The Fox telecast climbed a bold 31 percent from last year's Game 1, easily giving the network a win for the night.
The Mets and Royals' 14-inning game averaged an overnight rating of 10.5 among metered market households, making it the best start to the World Series since the Phillies and the Yankees met in 2009. In final adjusted ratings, Game 1 drew 14.9 million viewers and a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating.
Kansas City, whose team won the game, brought the biggest market rating — a staggering 57.3. That's the highest single-market rating for any Game 1 in at least 20 years. New York trailed with a 26.2 rating.
The rest of the broadcast dial was remarkably steady given the extra dose of competition — but the night did see one lackluster debut. ABC's Wicked City, one of the least favorably reviewed new series of the fall, opened to just a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers. In the key demo, that's off 47 percent from the premiere of previous time slot occupant, the now-canceled Forever.
Prior to that, the network's entire block of The Muppets, Fresh Off the Boat and Agents of SHIELD all held steady with 1.4 ratings in the key demo.
NBC saw one of the night's lone boosts, with Chicago Fire (1.9 adults) rising three-tenths of a point after steady episodes of Best Time Ever (1.1 adults) and The Voice (2.5 adults).
The CW was also steady with new episodes of The Flash (1.3 adults) and iZombie (0.6 adults).