UPDATE, 2:34 PM: The final score for the final game of the 2014 World Series is in – and it’s a nice number off the bat. Going to a somewhat rare Game 7, the otherwise struggling fall classic saw the San Francisco Giants win over the Kansas City Royals go up to 6.6/20 rating among adults 18-49. That’s a rocket launch 88% rise over the 3.5 demo result that Game 6 got on October 28. It’s also a 15% jump from the fast nationals of earlier today.
Viewershipwise, the 2014 World Series pulled in an audience of a very impressive 23.52 million. That’s actually close to the 25.4 million that the last World Series Game 7 got back on October 28, 2011 when the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers in what seems like another era of television. Game 7 final numbers to Game 7 final numbers, last night’s match-up was down 10% from the demo result of 2011 – again, impressive all things considered.
The live World Series game wasn’t the only thing on TV that moved on up. CBS’ Stalker and ABC’s The Goldbergs and Modern Family all went up a tenth. On the flipside, Nashville and The CW’s The 100 went down by the same measure. Which means in the end, the ratings 10 PM slot fast nationals tie between Stalker and Nashville is broken and the former came out on top.
PREVIOUS, 9:17 AM: Literally and figuratively, there was only one game in nationwide primetime last night and that was the victory or bust World Series on Fox. After a bunch of blowouts and tepid ratings, the Game 7 showdown between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals drew the kind of numbers that remind you why baseball is called America’s Pastime. Easily winning the night for Fox, the game got a 5.7/17 among adults 18-49 in preliminary ratings with 20.17 million watching. That’s an impressive 62% among the demo from Tuesday’s Game 6 shutout by the Royals.
With the World Series having not gone to seven games since 2011, comparisons are a bit hard. Last year’s Game 6 ender had a 5.7 rating with 19.2 million watching. However, Game 7 to Game 7, last night’s preliminaries were down from the 7.4/22 rating among the 18-49s that the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers drew on October 28, 2011. That game pulled in an audience of 25.4 million viewers.
Last night’s result was easily the best rating of this year’s World Series for Fox. And it will likely get better. As with other live events and especially with a West Coast team playing, those numbers will change later in the day as time zone adjusted numbers come. How big will that change will be? Well, among the key demo, Tuesday’s Game 6 went from a 3.1 in fast nationals to a 3.5 in final numbers.
As for what else was on TV last night, it was all over the bases and the court.
With NBA preemption in Chicago as the Bulls beat the NY Knicks, The CW saw some double digit rises. Arrow (1.0/3) was up 11% among the demo in Week 4 of its latest season. After a rough rough Season 2 start last week, The 100 (0.6/2) was up 20% among the 18-49s and had a 21% jump in total viewers to 1.87 million. NBC also had a basketball preemption last night in Portland, Oregon as the Trail Blazers topped the OC Thunder 106-89. Then again the only original on the Peacock last night was Mysteries of Laura (1.2/4). The freshman Debra Messing procedural comedy was pretty steady with last week with just an 8% dip.
Over on CBS, the fast nationals ride was a bit rougher for another newbie. At 10 PM, Stalker (1.5/5) was down 12% from its October 22 show. While ahead by just fewer than 2 million in viewers, that’s a demo tie for Stalker with its time slot rival Nashville (1.5/4). In fact the Music City set show was up 7% over last week to hit a season high among the 18-49s. Stalker’s stumble likely had a bit to do with the World Series and the fact that the rest of CBS’ night didn’t get any traction either. Holding its own against a second and strong World Series game this season, Survivor (2.2/7) was even with last week. Criminal Minds (2.3/6) was the most watched show of the night after the World Series with 10.31 tuning in but among the demo it slipped 8%.
ABC’s night was more of a roller coaster with comedies The Middle (1.8/6) and The Goldbergs (2.1/6) starting primetime down 14% and 9% respectively. Modern Family (3.4/10) was easily the highest rated show of the night after the baseball but remained flat with last week when it faced Game 2 of the 2014 World Series The same could not be said of Black-ish (2.7/8). The new comedy stepped it up 13% from its October 22 show. That surely was a helping hand to Nashville ending the night for the network. ABC came second for the night among adults 18-49 with a 2.2/6 while CBS was No. #2 in total viewers with 8.87 million watching.