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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 31 October 2008 08:12

World SeriesThe completion of Monday’s rain shorten Game 5, which ran from 8:45-10:15pm ET on Wednesday drew a 13.4/21 overnight rating, the highest television rating of the 2008 World Series according to Nielsen Media Research. When combined with the 8.2/12 for first 6 1/2 innings played on Monday , Game 5 averaged a 10.6/16.5.

In terms of total viewers, the 2008 World Series ranks as the lowest viewed, ever, at 13,635,000. The lowest total before 2008 was the 2006 Tigers/Cardinals World Series which had  15,812,000 total viewers.

Here’s the break down of this year’s World Series ratings by game:

  • Game 1: 10.3/17 (14,634,000 viewers)
  • Game 2: 8.1/13 (12,777,000 viewers)
  • Game 3: 6.1/13 (9,836,000 viewers)
  • Game 4: 10.7/17 (15,479,000 viewers)
  • Game 5: 10.6/16.5 (8.2/12 - 13,237,000 first 6.5 innings, 13.4/21 - 19,844,000 through completion)
  • Average: 10.8/17
  • Total viewers: 13,635,000
  • Lowest total viewers ever before 2008: 15,812,000 (2006 WS Cardinals/Tigers)
  • Lowest ratings 2006 WS Cardinals/Tigers): 10.1/17
The rating is the percentage watching a program among homes with televisions, and the share is the percentage tuned into the broadcast among those households with TVs on at the time.

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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