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The Astros-Dodgers World Series Delivers Impressive TV Ratings

The Astros-Dodgers World Series ratings for Game 6 were remarkable, and Game 7 has potential for big-time viewership.

The sublime Astros-Dodgers World Series has turned into ratings gold for Fox Sports.

Last night’s Game 6 Dodgers win drew a 15.1 overnight rating, per Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily. That was up from a 14.8 rating for Cubs-Indians Game 6 last year and the best overnight rating for any World Series Game 6 since Yankees-Phillies in 2009 (15.5). These are stunning numbers, given the Cubs-Indians series was thought to be out of reach.

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When the final viewership numbers come up, the game should draw between 23 and 25 million viewers. That is a remarkable number for baseball. Last year’s Game 6 was watched by 23.4 million viewers, the best for any World Series Game 6 since 1997, when the Indians beat the Marlins.

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Fox is unlikely to top last year’s viewership for Wednesday night’s Game 7—an average of 40.04 million viewers watched the Cubs defeat the Indians 8-7 in 10 innings to win the franchise’s first championship in 108 years—but 35 million viewers is a real possibility. In 2002 the seventh game of the Angels-Giants series drew 30.814 million viewers. For an NFL comparison, the Steelers-Chiefs AFC Divisional Playoff game on NBC last January drew 37.11 million viewers.

“I’m thinking around 37 million viewers for Game 7,” predicted Karp. “Short of Cubs-Indians [40 million]. So maybe around a 20.0 final rating tonight.”

Through the first five games, the World Series had averaged 16.4 million viewers, the second best average behind last year (19.3 million) but up 12% from 2015 (14.7 million). Sports Media Watch said it was the third-most watched World Series in a decade, behind last year and Yankees-Phillies in 2009 (18.7 million).