UPDATE, 2:45 PM: Just 8 days before America has to decide if it wants another President Clinton in the White House, last night’s Game 5 of the 2016 World Series hit numbers not seen since there was the first President Clinton in the Oval Office.
With the final numbers in, Sunday’s comeback by the Chicago Cubs to deny the Cleveland Indians a win of baseball’s big trophy was watched by 23.6 million viewers and a 6.7 rating among adults 18-49. Reconfirming what fast affiliate results were trending towards earlier today and with an upward adjustment of 2 million more viewers, that’s the most eyeballs a MLB Game 5 has had since October 23, 1997. That night saw 24.2 million watch the Florida Marlins beat the Indians 8-7.
Up 37% from the Game 5 clincher of the 2015 World Series, last night’s battle at Wrigley Field achieved a rare tackle of Sunday Night Football, which had 18.0 million viewers.
Game 6 of the ratings surging 2016 World Series is in Cleveland on November 1 on FOX
PREVIOUSLY, 7:44 AM: If you thought it was going to be over, the Chicago Cubs came back strong Sunday to beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 and remind everyone that they and 2016 World Series still has some fight in it. And that fight again gave Fox a strong ratings punch, including a rare Sunday night win and a Sunday Night Football TKO — to mix my sports terms.
Last night’s Game 5 of the World Series scored a 15.3/24 in metered market ratings compared to an 11.6/18 for NBC and the NFL as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 29-23 in overtime. Even with a 32% rise over the NBC powerhouse, for SNF last night was even in MM results with its lackluster Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks 6-6 tie of October 23, when the NFL went up against the Season 7 debut of The Walking Dead and lost in the key 18-49 demo.
While the first time a World Series Game 5 has knocked down SNF in the contemporary era, this is actually the second time a top championship baseball game has laid the NFL and NBC low. Back on October 23, 2011, Game 4 of the St. Louis Cardinals-Texas Rangers matchup topped the Indianapolis Colts 62-7 blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints.
For the World Series and Fox, last night’s MM ratings won a 31% rise over the 2015 Game 5 when the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 7-2 and won the series for the first time since 1985. That November 1, 2o15 clincher last year saw the World Series lose out to SNF and the Denver Broncos’ 29-10 win over the Green Bay Packers – not so much this year, that has seen NFL ratings being tackled across the board on a number of nets. On the baseball side, last night’s Game 5 in the Windy City is the highest rated Game 5 since the NY Yankees and the Florida Marlins faced off on October 23, 2003.
Compared to Saturday’s Cleveland winning Game 4, last night’s World Series game was up 46% in MM results. That October 29 game went on to pull in a 9.3/18 rating among adults 18-49 with 16.7 million viewers for Fox.
Game 6 of the 2016 World Series is set for Tuesday in the Ohio city. We’ll update with more of what was on TV last night besides baseball and football later but Fox look pretty clear to win primetime.
UPDATE, 8:43 AM: Well, with what could have been a World Series winning Game 5 for the Cleveland Indians on Fox and a Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles march-up on NBC, there really wasn’t a lot left over for the rest of primetime on the Big 4
Not one of ABC’s shows was even able to reach a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast affiliate results. With drops of a tenth or more each, Once Upon A Time (0.9/3), Secrets & Lies (0.6/2) and Quantico (0.6/2) all fell to series lows against the sports heavyweights plus the second week of Season 7 of The Walking Dead on cable. On CBS, 60 Minutes (1.3/4), NCIS: LA (1.2/4), Madam Secretary (0.8/2) and Elementary (0.6/2) were all down too, with the NCIS spinoff taking a 29% drop from its NFL overrun assisted performance of October 23.
As for the Chicago Cubs winning Game 5 of the World Series last night, that bases battle hit a 6.2/28 rating among adults 18-49 and a home run of 21.54 million viewers. That’s the best a Game 5 has done since 1997 when 24.2 million tuned in to watch the Florida Marlins beat the Indians 8-7 on October 23 in that year of Bill Clinton’s second term as President. Beating Sunday Night Football, last night is also a 25% jump over the clinching Game 5 of the 2015 World Series as America seems to really be going out to the ballgame this year.
Fox won the night with NBC in second place with a 4.9/14 rating and 13.88 million viewers.
For SNF …well, its 6.0/7 is even with the final ratings of last week but up 13% from the fast affiliates of October 23. The 16.82 million who tuned in to watch the Cowboys finally get a win in OT over the Eagles is up 9% over the early viewership numbers of last week, which went up to 17.71 million.