TV Ratings: World Series Game 2 Narrows Gap With 2016

The 11-inning game, a win for Houston, improves from the Tuesday opener.
Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Overtime and a 7-6 win for the Houston Astros made Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series a bit more exciting, and it has the ratings to show for it.

Per initial Nielsen numbers, the game averaged a 11.20 overnight rating and a 20 share among households. That's up from Tuesday and narrowly just behind the comparable night during the 2016 World Series — a dramatic shift from the 23 percent differential for Game 1. Tuesday's opener, which averaged a 10.3 overnight rating, ultimately translated to very near 15 million viewers. The game also scored a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49.

Game 2, the second played in sweltering Los Angeles heat, stretched into two extra innings before the Astros ultimately won. They take the tied series back to Houston for Wednesday's game.

This series trailing behind 2016 is no surprise, but Wednesday's improvement is evidence that interest in the Dodgers-Astros match-up is significant. The 2016 World Series averaged 22.8 million viewers, culminating in 25-year record viewership — 40 million viewers in Game 7.

The competition held up quite well. ABC's Modern Family and CBS' Survivor shared second place status for the night, at least among adults 18-49, each pulling a steady 1.7 rating in the key demo.

More to come...