8:27am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: World Series Dips in Game 4, Still Pacing as Best in 7 Years
The prospects of a seven-game World Series may be dimming, but Fox Sports has the comfort of airing baseball's most-watched games in seven years.
The dip from the previous three nights came in the face of several college football matchups.
Prior to Saturday night's game, the series high came in on Friday night. It marked the most-watched Game 3 since the record-breaking 2004 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Overall, this year's World Series is pacing more in line with the 2009 World Series, which averaged 19.4 million viewers over six games. That's the last time a World Series averaged anywhere near the 20-million viewer mark.
The Cubs have a chance to rally on Sunday night. They'll trot out pitcher Jon Lester for the first time since Game 1 in hopes of preventing the Indians from walking away with the title.
For Fox, Game 5 of the World Series faces its biggest ratings competition yet. Coverage has to contend with both NBC's Sunday Night Football and AMC's The Walking Dead.