NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: OCT. 22-28

World Series Sharply Down From Last Year

The ratings drop likely had more to do with the length of the series than the matchup. World Series games tend to draw in more viewers as the series goes longer, and the broadcasting network usually hits the jackpot if it goes a full seven games — like last year's series. Between the series and Thursday night football, Fox was the week's most popular network with a primetime average of 13.1 million viewers. NBC had 6.53 million viewers, CBS had 6.49 million, ABC had 4.2 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 1.1 million.

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a great World Series for Boston, but not necessarily for Fox.

The Red Sox’ five-game victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers averaged 14.1 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. That’s sharply down from the 2017 Fall Classic, which averaged 18.9 million viewers for the Houston Astros’ seven-game triumph over the Dodgers.

The ratings drop likely had more to do with the length of the series than the matchup. World Series games tend to draw in more viewers as the series goes longer, and the broadcasting network usually hits the jackpot if it goes a full seven games — like last year’s series.

The most-watched game this year was the clinching fifth game on Sunday night, which was seen by 17.6 million people and was the most-watched program on television last week.

It had the lowest viewership since the 2014 World Series between Kansas City and San Francisco.

Between the series and Thursday night football, Fox was the week’s most popular network with a primetime average of 13.1 million viewers. NBC had 6.53 million viewers, CBS had 6.49 million, ABC had 4.2 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 1.1 million.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.56 million viewers in prime time. ESPN had 2.18 million, MSNBC had 1.5 million, Hallmark had 1.35 million and USA had 1.26 million.

ABC’s “World News Now” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.4 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.2 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.8 million.

The Top 20

Primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 22-28. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. World Series Game 5: Boston at Los Angeles, Fox, 17.63 million.

2. “The OT,” Fox, 15.74 million.

3. “World Series Game 5 Pregame,” Fox, 14.9 million.

4. NFL Football: New Orleans at Minnesota, NBC, 14.09 million.

5. World Series Game 1: Los Angeles at Boston, Fox, 13.81 million.

6. World Series Game 4: Boston at Los Angeles, Fox, 13.56 million.

7. World Series Game 2: Los Angeles at Boston, Fox, 13.51 million.

8. World Series Game 3: Boston at Los Angeles, Fox, 13.25 million.

9. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 13 million.

10. NFL Football: Miami at Houston, Fox, 12.09 million.

11. “NCIS,” CBS, 11.27 million.

12. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 10.97 million.

13. NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Atlanta, ESPN, 10.5 million.

14. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 9.54 million.

15. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 9.38 million.

16. “FBI,” CBS, 8.83 million.

17. “This is Us,” NBC, 8.54 million.

18. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 8.45 million.

19. “The Conners,” ABC, 8.01 million.

20. “Mom,” CBS, 7.99 million.


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HopeUMakeit says:

October 31, 2018 at 10:20 am

baseball is the most poorly distributed pro league. how many states do not have a team ? Texas has 2 ? There are at least 4 other ciities that could support a team.


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