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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 07:42

2008 World SeriesAs 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 – a game that saw the Giants shellac the Angels 16-4.

The average rating for this year’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 – a first for MLB – 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

Maury Brown

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