World Series Television Ratings (1968 - 2019)

TV Ratings For Every World Series in Major League History

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present comprehensive analysis of World Series television ratings as compiled by Nielsen Media Research, broadcast network data, and shares for every Major League World Series where data is available (since 1968).

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"I don't have any reaction right now (when asked about the 2000 World Series ratings). I'm going to study them over the weekend, and I'll have a comment next week." - Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on ABC News (Howard Fendrich, 10/28/200, 'Subway Series Strikes Out', Source )

World Series Television Ratings

Television Analysis & Ratings Breakdown

NBC

22.8

57
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NBC

22.4

58
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NBC
19.4
53
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NBC
24.2
59
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NBC
27.6
58
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NBC
30.7
57
34,750,000
11.
NBC
25.6
46
29,080,000
18.
NBC
28.7
52
35,960,000
8.
NBC
27.5
48
34,720,000
12.
ABC
29.8
53
37,150,000
6.
NBC
32.8
56
44,278,950
1.
ABC
28.5
50
37,960,000
5.
NBC

32.8

56
42,300,000
2.
ABC

30.0

49
41,370,000
3.
NBC

27.9

49
38,070,000
4.
ABC

23.3

41
29,540,000
17.
NBC

22.9

40
28,010,000
20.
ABC

25.3

39
34,510,000
13.
NBC

28.6

46
36,370,000
7.
ABC

24.0

41
35,340,000
10.
NBC

23.9

39
34,490,000
14.
ABC

16.4

29
24,550,000
25.
CBS
20.8
36
30,240,000
15.
CBS
24.0
39
35,680,000
9.
CBS
20.2
34
30,010,000
16.
CBS
17.3
30
24,700,000
24.
1994
Strike Season
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
ABC / NBC
19.5
33
28,970,000
19.
FOX
17.4
29
25,220,000
22.
NBC
16.7
29
24,790,000
23.
FOX
14.1
24
20,340,000
29.
NBC
16.0
26
23,731,000
27.
FOX

12.4

21
18,081,000
34.
FOX

15.7

26
24,528,000
26.
FOX

11.9

20
19,261,000
32.
FOX

12.8

22

20,143,000
30.
FOX

15.8

26

25,390,000
21.
FOX

11.1

19
17,162,000
36.
FOX
10.1
17
15,795,000
38.
FOX
10.6
18
17,212,000
35.
FOX
8.4
14
13,198,000
45.
FOX
11.7
19
19,334,000
31.
FOX
8.4
14
14,217,000
41.
FOX
10.0
16
16,521,000
37.
FOX
7.6
12
12,636,000
46.
FOX
8.9
15
14,984,000
39.
FOX
8.2
14
13,930,000
43.
FOX
8.6
16
14,533,000
40.
FOX
12.9
22
22,847,000
28.
FOX
10.6
20
18,705,000
33.
FOX
8.3
17
14,125,000
42.
FOX
8.1
16
13,912,000
44.
2020
FOX
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The year after Fox Sports signed a long term contract they were greeted with the ratings during the 2000 World Series . Fox Sports President Ed Goren said, "There's no question the viewership never built. Normally, through a Series, it builds from game one to a game two, from a game two to a game three. We would have liked to have seen higher numbers, but they are respectable in today's world."

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The Associated Press defines a"rating" as the percentage of TVs in the United States watching a broadcast. Each national point represents 1,114,000 homes in 2006 (each year the number changes: in 2003 it was 1,084,000; in 2002 it was 1,067,000; in 2001 it was 1,055,000; in 1999 it was 1,008,000). A "share" is the percentage watching a program among those households with televisions on at the time.

Did you know that during the 2000 Subway Series , 61% of the televisions in New York watched Game 5 ? Did you know that the next thirty largest television markets, during that same exact viewing period, registered double digit percentage losses compared to the market in New York City?

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