TV Ratings: World Series Game 7 Draws 23M Viewers for Fox

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The Washington Nationals' first-ever World Series title delivered a big audience for Fox Wednesday night.

Game seven of the series, a 6-2 Nationals win over the Houston Astros, drew just over 23 million viewers (adjusting up from 21.19 million in the fast nationals). It's the biggest audience for a baseball game in two years, since the last time the World Series went to a seventh game in 2017.

Despite the ratings spike for games six and seven, the 2019 World Series is the least watched in five years. The series averaged 13.91 million viewers on Fox, on par with the the 13.93 million for the 2014 World Series, which also stretched to seven games. Wednesday's audience of 23.01 million is also the smallest game seven of this decade, a little behind the 23.5 million for the 2014 clincher. 

(Fox's telecast Wednesday also drew a same-day audience almost twice as big as any non-sports telecast in primetime so far this fall; the season premiere of NCIS on CBS brought in about 12.6 million people.)

NBC fared best Wednesday opposite the World Series, with Chicago Med (1.2 rating in adults 18-49, 7.76 million viewers), Chicago Fire (1.1, 7.31 million) and Chicago P.D. (1.1, 6.33 million) all in line with their same-day averages so far this fall. The three shows led their respective hours (excluding baseball) in both the 18-49 demographic and total viewers.

CBS' Survivor (1.1 in adults 18-49, 6.27 million viewers) and SWAT (0.5, 3.39 million) were on the low side, but SEAL Team was steady at 0.7 and 4.42 million. 

ABC also held the line opposite the World Series, with Single Parents (0.7 in adults 18-49) ticking up and The Goldbergs (0.9), Schooled (0.7) and Modern Family (1.0) all matching their last outings. Stumptown was off slightly at 0.5 (the first-year drama is one of the season's stronger performers in delayed viewing). At The CW, Riverdale (0.2) and Nancy Drew (0.1) were both off a little compared with last week.

Fox's 5.6 rating among adults 18-49 (pending updates) beat the combined total of the other broadcast networks in primetime. NBC was the best of the rest at 1.1, followed by CBS (0.8) and ABC (0.7). Univision and Telemundo tied at 0.4, and The CW drew a 0.2. 

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Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m. Updated with final World Series ratings.