The Dodgers’ Game 1 win at home in their first World Series since 1988 was watched by 14.96 million people, The 8:06 – 10:40 PM game snared a 3.9/15 rating among adults 18-49. That’s down 23% in total viewers from what Game 1 of the Chicago Cubs vs. the Cleveland Indians drew in 2016. Among the key demo last night’s Game 1 was down 30% from the 2016 Game 1, whose series saw the Cubs eventually win their first World Series in over 100 years.
Not all together unexpected, certainly based on the metered market numbers of earlier today and the wide and deep appeal the Cubs return held. However, in a silver lining for Fox and a slight lead over the 14.94 million who tuned in for 2015’s Game 1, last night’s Game 1 is, with the exception of las year, the most watched World Series Game 1 since 2010.
PREVIOUS, 7:02 AM: It was a hot night in the City of Angels on Tuesday and the Los Angeles Dodgers were on fire as they easily won Game 1 of the 2017 World Series.
The Dodgers’ 3-1 victory on a day when the temperature hit 103 degrees in L.A. came in front of a packed stadium of 54,250 fans and a big television audience watching on Fox. By big however, we do not mean as big as Fox had likely hoped nor as big as it could potentially have been if it was the New York Yankees taking on the Dodgers.
In metered market ratings, the primetime 2017 World Series Game 1 scored a 10.2/17.
With no Vin Scully in the booth and no protests on the field or otherwise during the national anthem, the early ratings are down 19% from last year’s World Series opener of October 25, 2016, when the Chicago Cubs lost to the Cleveland Indians. Stinging a bit more, last night’s opener was also down 3% from 2015 when the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets on October 27.
Last year’s Game 1 went on to snag 19.4 million viewers and a rating of 5.6 among adults 18-49 to hit a seven year audience high and win the night for Fox. The 2015 opener, which was the longer World Series Game 1 ever, ended up with a 4.6 rating among the key demo and 14.9 million total viewers for Fox – a rise of 35% and 22% respectively over the 2014 Game 1.
As last night’s game faced a new This Is Us and more on the other Big 4 broadcasters, that 2015 Game 1 squared off against a NBA season opener double header on cable.
We’ll update with more World Series ratings, plus This Is Us and the rest of primetime later.
Game 2 is tonight in Los Angeles.
UPDATE, 8:45 AM: Looks like the World Series wasn’t that big a deal for the rest of the Big 4, after all. In the fast affiliates, which will obviously be adjusted later today, the World Series opener pulled in a 2.9/11 in the 18-49s and 11.53 million viewers – again down from last year when the Cubs made their return to the World Series after a 108-year absence. Right now, Fox owns Tuesday with that demo result and total viewership, but CBS is close behind in audience with 11.07 million.
On the House of Moonves, NBC, ABC, and the CW it was a fairly uneventful night with a lot of shows remaining tellingly pretty steady despite the baseball competition.
How steady? Well, This Is Us (2.7/9) was right on the World Series’ tail even with a dip of a tenth from last week’s fast affiliate results. The top rated non-MLB show of the night, the Dan Fogelman-created series went up a tenth in the final numbers on October 17.
Up against the very start of the Dodgers-Astros game last night at 8 PM, The Voice (1.9/7) was down 10% in the demo from last week. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (1.1/4) was flat with last week’s fast affiliate rating, thought it went down a tenth in the final numbers.
On the topic of being the same, NCIS (1.4/5), Bull (1.2/4) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.1/4) were all the same as their October 17 shows. The same was true of ABC’s The Middle (1.3/4), Black-ish (1.1/4) and The Mayor (0.8/3). At 8:30 PM, Fresh Off the Boat (1.0/4) declined a tenth. At 10 PM, the struggling Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.6/2) had the biggest drop of the night with a 25% decline.
The CW’s Tuesday bag was mixed in a good way with The Flash (1.0/4) up 11% over last week and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (0.5/2) holding the same as its October 17 show.