As reported yesterday (Rain Maker: Weather in Philadelphia Wreaks Havoc on World Series Ratings) a case of rain, wind, and cold temperatures were driving ratings down for the 2008 World Series between the Rays and Phillies.
That was before the ratings for the suspended Game 5 were in.
According to Nielsen Media Research, the rain-shortened Game 5 has come in as the worst rated World Series game ever.
The Monday night washout drew an 8.2/12, which beat out the 10.0/17 for Game 5 of the 2002 World Series between the Giants and Angels â€“ a game that saw the Giants shellac the Angels 16-4.
The average rating for this yearâ€™s Fall Classic has been an 8.1/14, or 20 percent below the worst rated World Series between the Cardinals and Tigers in 2006 where ratings over the course of the completed Series was a 10.1/17. Recall that that series was also impacted by rain.
With Game 5 being suspended â€“ a first for MLB â€“ Nielsen is charting new waters, as well. The research company reports that they will release a separate set of ratings for the completion of the game, scheduled to resume Wednesday evening.
Source: Nielsen Media Research