There was an interruption in Game 3 on October 30, when the New York Mets beat the Kansas City Royals 9-3, but in the end the Midwestern team emerged the 2015 champs late tonight with a win in Game 5. The Royals took the crown and beat the Mets 7-2 on Sunday to win their first World Series since Ronald Reagan was President. Not having had a championship season since 1985, the KC team were in last year’s World Series but came up short against the San Francisco Giants. The Bay Area team won 4-3 in 2014 in the best of seven game series. This year, the Royals had a 4-1 victory over the Mets, who were making their first World Series appearance since 2000.
In a face-off that started off with the longest Game 1 in World Series history and has been a ratings winner for Fox, tonight’s game went into a dramatic 12th inning and past midnight on the East Coast with the Royals and the Mets tied 2-2. Playing at home at Citi Field in Flushing, the Mets had been leading in the game but the Royals rallied in the 9th to even it up. Last year’s Game 5 was a crushing Giants 5-0 win over the Royals on October 26, 2014. That 8 – 11:18 PM ET Game 5 garnered an 8.2/13 in metered market ratings for Fox, down 12% from 2013, and a 3.3/9 among adults 18-49, a 20% drop from 2013.
— Royals (@Royals) November 2, 2015
Through the first four game of the 2015 World Series, Fox has been averaging a 9.6/17 in metered market ratings. That’s up 22% over the first four games of the lows of the 2014 series and the best in the first four games that any World Series has done since 2010. With those kind of ratings, Fox would have likely loved the match-up to go on but alas that was not to be, sadly for the broadcasters and the Mets. Though tonight’s Game 5 faced the battle of the undefeateds on NBC’s Sunday Night Football plus The Walking Dead on AMC,those double-digit ratings gains are expected to hold. BTW- the Green Bay Packers are no longer undefeated this season as the still undefeated Denver Broncos solidly sacked them 29-10 tonight.
We’ll have overnight ratings for both the 111th World Series and SNF tomorrow morning.