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).
"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 )
Television Analysis & Ratings Breakdown
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.
|Least Viewed||Most Viewed|
|2012 World Series||1978 World Series|
|2008 World Series||1980 World Series|
|2019 World Series||1981 World Series|
|2014 World Series||1982 World Series|
|2018 World Series||1979 World Series|
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?