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The fifth and deciding game of the World Series delivered big numbers Sunday for Fox, but the series as a whole was the least-watched in several years.
The Boston Red Sox’ victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers recorded a 12.3 rating in metered-market households, easily the best of the series thus far. It was down slightly, however, from Game 5 in 2017 (12.8), as has been the case for the prior four games. It averaged 17.64 million viewers for the network, off about 7 percent from a year ago.
This year’s World Series, despite featuring teams from two top-10 media markets, was the least-watched since 2014, averaging 14.33 million viewers. That’s down 23 percent year over year and ahead of only the 2014 (13.93 million over five games) and 2012 World Series (12.64 million) this decade.
On the plus side for Fox Sports, the game was the fourth most-streamed World Series contest ever with an average minute audience of 240,000. The series as a whole had a streaming average of 198,000, up 9 percent year over year. Along with the 577,000 who watched the Spanish-language broadcast on Fox Deportes, Game 5 totaled 18.45 million viewers.
The heavier-than-usual competition drove other networks’ ratings down some on Sunday. NBC’s Sunday Night Football was at a season low opposite the World Series, earning a 9.7 household rating in metered markets. The game was, however, up slightly from the same weekend last year (9.4).
On CBS, 60 Minutes (0.8 rating among adults 18-49, 7.82 million viewers) and God Friended Me (0.7 demo) both drew season-low numbers. NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8) matched its season low so far, while Madam Secretary was steady at 0.6.
Shark Tank (0.6) also tied its low on ABC. Dancing With the Stars: Juniors (0.7) fell off a tenth of a point week to week, and The Alec Baldwin Show continued to struggle with a 0.3.
Supergirl held at 0.4 on The CW, but Charmed (0.3) slipped a tenth for the second straight week.
Fox led the night among adults 18-49 with a 4.5 rating, pending updates. NBC is currently at 3.2, also pending updates. CBS averaged 0.7, ABC 0.6 and The CW 0.4.
Oct. 29, 2:48 p.m. Updated with final World Series numbers.
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