Forcing a Game 7 and making Fox brass very happy in the process, the Los Angeles Dodgers tied up the 2017 World Series with a victory Tuesday night.
Back home after three games in Houston, the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1 on Halloween. The game climbed 18 percent from the previous series high on Sunday night, averaging a 15.1 overnight rating among metered market households. That easily translated to a best this series, with 22.2 million viewers on the Fox network alone and 23 million viewers across platforms.
Last year’s Game 6 between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians ultimately ranked as the third most-watched of the series. After its initial 14.8 overnight rating, adjustments had it averaging 23.4 million viewers and, among adults 18-49, a 6.6 rating.
Through the first six games, the 2017 World Series has averaged 17.3 million viewers. Its previous peak was Sunday’s Game 5, which averaged nearly 19 million viewers. Excluding last year’s record hauls, that is the best showing since 2011. The 2016 World Series ultimately averaged 22.8 million viewers. Also a seven-game series, it culminated in a record-shattering 40 million viewers.
Now, coming close to the lofty Game 7 score of 2016 is not likely in the cards, but this year’s World Series has been outperforming expectations from the start. Los Angeles is the second-biggest TV market in the U.S., and Houston trails not far behind at No. 8. In addition to viewers in those markets, Game 7 tends to draw out MLB fans from elsewhere — even if they’ve sat out earlier series games.