Indians-Cubs Game 5 averages a whopping 23.6 million on Fox; Most-Watched Game 5 Since 1997

October 31, 2016

The Chicago Cubs win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 to stave off elimination averaged 23.6 million viewers on Fox and 24.1 million including Fox Deportes and Fox Sports Go. It was the most-watched game 5 since 1997’s Marlins-Indians drew 24.2 million The game drew a 13.1/21 national household rating/share the best game 5 rating since 2003’s Yankees-Marlins (13.2/21) and was the most-watched baseball telecast since 2011’s Rangers-Cardinals game 7 (25.4 million)….

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Indians-Cubs Game 5 easily tops Eagles-Cowboys ‘Sunday Night Football” in overnight ratings

October 31, 2016

The Chicago Cubs win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 to stave off elimination drew a massive 15.3 overnight rating, easily beating out the the Eagles-Cowboys Sunday Night Football contest which drew an 11.6 overnight rating, The Dallas Cowboys win over the Philadelphia Eagles in overtimes drew an 11.6 overnight rating, down 19 percent versus last year’s Broncos-Packers week 8 game that scored a 14.3 overnight rating.

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Indians-Cubs World Series Game 3 Is Most-Watched Game 3 Since 2004

October 29, 2016

The Cleveland Indians 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the 2016 World Series averaged 19.4 million viewers. The game peaked with 24.5 million viewers from 11:30-11:41 PM ET. That’s up 47% versus game 3 of Royals-Mets last year.  Including Fox Deportes and Fox Sports Go the game averaged 19.78 million viewers edging out the 19.77 million combined viewing for game 1….

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Cubs-Indians Game 2 averages 17.4 million viewers, up 27 percent versus 2015 Mets-Royals (Updated)

October 27, 2016

Update: including Fox Deportes and Fox Sports Go the game averaged 17.8 million viewers. The Chicago Cubs win over the Cleveland Indians in game 2 of the 2016 World Series averaged 17.395 million viewers, up 27 percent versus 2015’s game 2 (Mets-Royals, 13.7 million) and was the most-watched game 2 since 2009 (Yankees-Phillies, 18.9 million.) While some folks will hail the above comparison as evidence that the earlier start time…

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Cubs-Indians Game 1 averages 19.4 million viewers, up 30% versus 2015 Mets-Royals

October 26, 2016

The Cleveland Indians win over the Chicago Cubs in game 1 of the 2016 World series averaged 19.368 million viewers. That’s up 30 percent vs game 1 of the Mets-Royals World Series in 2015 that averaged 14.9 million viewers.  The game fell just shy of the 19.5 million for game 1 of the Yankees-Phillies series in 2009. Game by game viewership averages going back to 1996 can be found here. You should…

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World Series TV Viewership 1996-2015

October 26, 2016

The World Series is under way and the smart money was on the Cubs-Indians matchup having no shot at topping the numbers for the Red Sox World Series run in 2004. Yankees-Phillies in 2009 is a more reasonable hope for the executives at Fox Sports but Cubs-Indians will probably have to go 7 games to have any hope of topping it. Viewership in millions (if you’re on a mobile phone, tilt to…

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Seahawks-Cardinals ‘Sunday Night Football” scores an 11.6 overnight rating, down 15% from 2015

October 24, 2016

I wondered whether people hate-watching a low-scoring, nobody-wants-to-win-this (and nobody did!) contest might improve the NFL’s primetime ratings woes. So bad it’s good?! Maybe. The “Awful Bowl,” a 6-6 overtime tie between the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals  drew a 11.6 overnight rating . That’s down 14.7 % versus the 13.6 overnight for the week 7 Sunday Night Football matchup in 2015 (Eagles-Panthers), but that’s a big improvement versus last…

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Colts-Texans ‘Sunday Night Football” scores a 9.0 overnight rating, down 38% from 2015

October 17, 2016

The Houston Texans comeback win in overtime over the Indianapolis Colts drew a 9.0/15 overnight rating/share (on average 9 percent of all the households in the largest 56 TV markets were tuned into the game and 15% of households watching TV at the time). That’s down 38 percent versus the 14.6 overnight for last year’s Patriots-Colts week 6 game.  The 9.0 was still good enough to beat NLCS Game 2’s 5.0 overnight rating…

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