More than 12 million viewers tuned in Saturday to watch the Chicago Cubs advance to their first World Series in 71 years. The Cubs’ 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field delivered an average audience of 9,706,000 viewers and a 6.3 overnight rating, making it the most-watched and highest-rated telecast in FS1 history, according to fast national figures released by Nielsen.
The LCS telecast was the most watched of any network since 2010 (San Francisco Giants-Philadelphia Phillies on FOX, 11,639,000). The game peaked at 12,213,000 viewers on FS1 between 10:30 PM – 10:45 PM ET.
In Chicago, Game 6 delivered a 25.8/46 metered market rating/share, FS1’s best ever for the market. Los Angeles registered a 10.2/23.
Following the final out of the game, viewers stuck with the trophy presentation and postgame show airing from 11:00 PM – 12:30 AM ET, delivering a 2.27 metered market rating/share, its best this postseason. Audience figures for postgame coverage will be available Tuesday.
On the digital front, Fox Sports GO’s average minute audience for the game was 110,506 viewers. Saturday night’s game delivered 273,000 total viewers on Fox Deportes, peaking at 397,000 between 10:30 PM – 10:45 PM ET. Overall, the 2016 NLCS is the most-watched LCS in the history of Spanish language television.
On FS1, the 2016 NLCS averaged 6,953,000 viewers over the six games, up 80% from last year’s ALCS (vs. 3,854,000 viewers) and +56% from San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals NLCS on FS1 in 2014 (vs. 4,459,000 viewers) that ended in five games.
The World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs kicks off with Game 1 on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with a live pregame show from Progressive Field in Cleveland at 7:30 PM ET. Fox Sports and Fox Deportes have exclusive television coverage.