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World Series ratings drop to HISTORIC lows as an average of fewer than 12m watched Astros-Phillies

World Series ratings drop to HISTORIC lows as an average of fewer than 12million viewers tuned in to see the Astros beat the Phillies in six games – a million less than Saturday’s Georgia-Tennessee college football matchup

The Houston Astros’ six-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies finished as the second least-watched World Series on television, falling well behind NFL and even some college football action.

The six games averaged 11,784,000 on Fox, down 1.3 percent from the 11,940,000 for the Atlanta Braves‘ six-game win over the Astros last year and ahead of only the 9,946,000 for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020.

For comparison, Saturday’s matchup between top-ranked Tennessee and third-ranked Georgia averaged 13.1 million viewers on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Sunday’s national NFL broadcast window on Fox averaged 15.5 million viewers, while NBC’s Sunday Night Football drew an average of 17.6 million viewers for the Kansas City Chiefs’ matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

The Houston Astros' six-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies finished as the second least-watched World Series on television, falling well behind NFL and even some college football action. In this shot, Justin Verlander and wife Kate Upton are interviewed on Fox

The Houston Astros’ six-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies finished as the second least-watched World Series on television, falling well behind NFL and even some college football action. In this shot, Justin Verlander and wife Kate Upton are interviewed on Fox 

Fox's Ken Rosenthal interviews Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Kyle Schwarber

Fox’s Ken Rosenthal interviews Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Kyle Schwarber

Houston’s 3-1 win in Game 6 on Saturday night was seen by 12,549,000 viewers on Fox, down 11 percent from 14,140,000 Atlanta’s 7-0 victory over the Astros in last year’s finale, played on a Tuesday night. Including Fox Deportes and streaming, this year’s Game 6 was viewed by 12,871,000.

Game 6 was played opposite several college football games, including Alabama-LSU on ESPN, Clemson-Notre Dame on NBC and Florida State-Miami on ABC.

The Series finished with a 6.1 Nielsen rating and 17 share. The rating was the second-lowest behind the 5.2 for 2020, which had a 12 share. This year’s share marked a 1-percent increase from last year.

Including Fox Deportes and streaming, this year’s Series averaged 12,023,000 viewers.

Viewers peaked at 51,560,000 for Game 7 of the 1975 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds following a wild Game 6, widely considered to be the greatest game in MLB history. 

Totals declined with the rise of cable television and then of streaming services, giving viewers more choices.

The Series had a 25.0 rating and a 52 share in Philadelphia and a 24.0/55 in Houston.

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.

Cincinnati Reds player Ken Griffey, right, reacts after the Reds score the winning run during Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, which drew a record 51,560,000 viewers

Cincinnati Reds player Ken Griffey, right, reacts after the Reds score the winning run during Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, which drew a record 51,560,000 viewers 


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