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.
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