File this under “stating the obvious” but… Over the past week I’ve been observing how difficult it is for Fox to get people to switch over to FS1 for the rest of the World Series post game coverage.
Here’s FS1’s World Series post game viewership for the first 5 games:
Game 1: 111K
Game 2: 186K
Game 3: 179K
Game 4: (delayed until 2:30AM ET due to college football)
Game 5: 269K
Especially since there is some brief post game coverage on Fox (sadly, I don’t have those numbers but you can be sure they’re much bigger) it’s probably not fair or particularly useful to contrast FS1’s post game numbers with World Series viewership.
It might be interesting to note that the SportCenters on ESPN opposite FS1’s post game coverage have done better but that gets a bit convoluted because of SportsCenter’s lead-ins.
Still, the 11PM-12:30AM ET SportsCenter on Sunday averaged 327,000 with a 403,000 lead-in from Poker from 8:30-11P ET. That’s more than FS1’s post game coverage from midnight to 12:40AM ET but I don’t find that remarkable.
What I did find remarkable on Sunday was the 12:30-2AM ET SportsCenter jumped from the 327,000 average from 11-12:30AM to 852,000 from 12:30-2AM.
With millions of viewers on hand, Fox gets relatively few of them to switch over to FS1, even when Fox prods its viewers to do so.
But without having the opportunity to ask them to switch, hundreds of thousands of people, presumably out of habit, switched over to ESPN after Sunday Night Football ended.