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Early Ratings: World Series Game 1 on Track for Record Low, Down 5 Million Viewers From 2019
These numbers are subject to big adjustments for west-coast Dodger viewing, but right now it looks like a total whiff
Swing and a miss.
According to earliest-available Nielsen numbers, the 2020 World Series Game 1 on Fox averaged a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.2 million total viewers. While those easily topped Tuesday’s primetime, they are down huge from last year’s initial figures.
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However, due to the nature of live sports, the data in this story should be considered subject to significant adjustment. Final numbers, which will be adjusted for all the west-coast Dodger viewing, will be in later today.
In terms of those final Nielsen numbers, the smallest audience ever for a World Series Game 1 came in 2014, with 12.19 million total viewers. In the same data set we’re looking at for this story, what are called “fast-affiliate ratings,” that series had a 2.9 rating and 10.7 million viewers.
So yeah, we’re not even close here. But as New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra famously said: It ain’t over till the fat lady sings. (She’ll be singing in a few hours when final figures come in.)
More to come…