10/22 17:58 CDT World Series draws record-low audience for 2nd night
World Series draws record-low audience for 2nd night
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) --- The World Series drew a record-low audience of
television viewers for the second straight night.
Tampa Bay's 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 on Wednesday night
was seen by an average of 8,950,000 viewers on Fox, according to Nielsen Media
Still, Fox won the prime time evening with its best performance on a Wednesday
night since May.
Los Angeles' opening 8-3 victory on Tuesday was seen by an average of 9,195,000
viewers on Fox from 8:06 p.m. to 11:41 p.m. EDT, receiving a 5.1 rating and 11
The low for any game before this year came the only other time the Rays were in
the World Series, when their 5-4 loss to Philadelphia in Game 3 in 2008 was
viewed by an average of 9,836,000 on Oct. 25, a Saturday night. The start was
delayed by rain for 91 minutes to 10:06 p.m. and the final out was at 1:47 a.m.
The previous low for a Game 1 had been San Francisco's 7-1 win over Kansas City
on Oct. 21, 2012, viewed by an average of 12,191,000 on a Tuesday night. The
low for a Game 2 had been last year, when Washington's 12-3 rout at Houston was
viewed by an average of 12,014,000 on a Wednesday night.
The seven-game AL Championship Series averaged 2,767,000 viewers on TBS and the
Rays' Game 7 win drew a 12.8 rating in the Tampa market, the highest for a Rays
game since Game 4 of the 2013 Division Series against Boston. Game 7 drew a
13.0 rating in Houston.
TBS said its TV Everywhere platforms averaged an audience of 48,000 per minute
during its postseason coverage, up 71% from last year.
The rating is the percentage of television households tuned in to a broadcast.
The share is the percentage viewing a telecast among those households with TVs
on at the time.
This year's ALCS viewers, with start times:
Oct. 11: ALCS Game 1, TBS, 7:30-11:40 p.m. EDT --- 2,069,000
Oct. 12: ALCS Game 2 --- TBS, 4-7:22 p.m. --- 1,878,000
Oct. 13: ALCS Game 3 --- TBS, 8:30 p.m.-12:46 a.m. --- 2,123,000
Oct. 14: ALCS Game 4 --- TBS, 8:30 p.m.-12:04 a.m. --- 2,719,000
Oct. 15: ALCS Game 5 --- TBS 5-8:49 p.m. --- 2,706,000
Oct. 16; ALCS Game 6 --- TBS, 6-10:16 p.m. --- 3,468,000
Oct. 17: ALCS Game 7 --- TBS, 8:30 p.m.-midnight --- 4,502,000
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