NBC: 'Sunday Night Football' outdraws WS Game 5 by 39 percent
The overnight television rating for Sunday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints was 39 percent larger than the rating for Game 5 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, according to NBC Sports.
SNF’s 39% advantage in HH overnight (11.4/18) vs. Royals-Giants (8.2/13) is largest margin in 5 head-to-head SNF telecasts vs. World Series— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) October 27, 2014
That is the largest disparity among the five instances in which a "Sunday Night Football" game was broadcast at the same time as a World Series game, NBC said. FOX has carried this year's coverage of the World Series, while NBC airs the Sunday night NFL games.
The rating for the Packers-Saints game was a season-low for Sunday Night Football. Meanwhile, according to Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily, the Giants 5-0 win over the Royals was the lowest recorded rating for a World Series Game 5.
The Saints defeated the Packers 44-23 to move to 3-4 on the season. The Giants got a complete game shutout pitching performance from Madison Bumgarner to take a 3-2 lead in the Fall Classic.
Game 6 of the World Series is Tuesday night in Kansas City and a Game 7 would be on Wednesday, avoiding a head-to-head conflict with Thursday's NFL matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.
- Chris Johnson