UPDATE, 2:15 PM: With just hours until Game 7 of this year’s World Series kicks off and Los Angeles and Houston holding their breath on who will be the champion, the final numbers for last night’s Game 6 are in.
Extremely steady with last year’s Game 6 where the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians and forced a Game 7, last night’s Dodgers winning Game 6 snared 22.2 million viewers for Fox. That’s a dip of 5% from last year to hit home plate as the second most watched Game 6 since 2009.
The 3-1 game over the Astros peaked on Fox at 26.2 million in the 10:45 – 11 PM ET slot last night.
Which may be nothing compared to the peak tonight…
PREVIOUSLY, 7:22 AM: There was a point in last night’s Game 6 when it looked like the Houston Astros might be about to clinch their very first World Series championship but the Los Angeles Dodgers were not about to go quietly into the Fall Classic night.
With a packed Dodgers Stadium behind them and down 3-2 in the 2017 battle, the boys of the City of Angels rallied to bring the town to their feet and leave a 3-1 result up on the scoreboard on Tuesday. All of which set the table for a dramatic Game 7 tonight to end what has been a roller coaster of a 113th World Series for the books.
Going into the 39th time the best of seven match-up has gone all the way to a final game, last night’s Game 6 scored a 15.1/26 in metered market results for Fox. That’s the best this year’s Fall Classic has done in the early numbers and the best any Game 6 has done since 2009.
That’s also up 18% from October 29’s Sunday Night Football beating Game 5 when the Astros took the lead in the 2017 Series. With the pressure on for both top notch teams, that Game 5 ended up with a 5.3/17 rating among adults 18-49 and 18.94 million viewers to a stumbling SNF’s 4.8/15 in the key demo and total audience of 13.86 million.
Compared to the seven-year metered market high of the 2016 World Series Game 6 of November 1 last year, last night’s game rose 2% from the Chicago Cubs 9-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Also forcing a Cubs winning Game 7, the 2016 Game 6 went on to snare a 6.6/23 rating and 23.40 million sets of eyeballs for Fox. With the Cubs on the cusp of ending a 108-year World Series championship drought, the viewership number was the best any Game 6 had done since 1997.
For one last comparison, last night’s Game 6 MM ratings was a big uptick of 48% from the October 24 Game 1 of the 2017 World Series (10.2). Also held in L.A., that Tuesday game of the Dodgers first World Series since 1988 brought in a 3.9/15 rating and 14.96 million viewers. That’s the second best a Fall Classic opener has done since 2010.
In non-adjusted fast affiliates, last night’s Game 6 snagged a 5.2/19 rating among the key demo and 18.92 million viewers. Right now, that’s down 16% in the 18-49s from the comparable numbers of last year’s soaring Game 6 of November 1, 2016. In terms of total audience, last night’s fast affiliates declined 13% from the more than 21 million who tuned in to see the Cubs beat the Ohio town 9-3.
As for the rest of the night, it will shock no one to know that between the World Series and trick or treaters, most of the non-sporting options on the Big 4 had some of their ratings candy taken away from them.
With a The Voice (1.0/4) clip show as lead-in, This Is Us (2.0/7) was down 26% from last week when it faced Game 1 of the 2017 World Series. That’s a series low for the Dan Fogelman created show but This Is Us was still the top rated non-baseball broadcast of the night. At 10 PM, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (0.8/3) fell 27% from its October 24 show.
The rest of the 10 PM slot saw ABC’s Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.6/2) and CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans (0.9/4) even with last week’s fast affiliates and down 18% respectively.
The earlier part of the House of Moonves’ night had NCIS (1.2/5) and Bull (1.0/4) both down two-tenths from their October 24 shows. The CW’s The Flash (0.7/3) and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (0.4/2) took a 30% and 20% drop.
As for ABC, comedies The Middle (1.1/5), Fresh Off The Boat (0.9/4), black-ish (1.0/4) and The Mayor (0.7/3) were down a tenth for the first two and two-tenths for the second duo.
And we’ll all be watching Game 7 tonight, know what I mean?
How much will we be watching?
In L.A. last night, Game 6 pulled in a massive 30.9/53 in the local MM numbers. Those ratings peaked with a 40.0/60 in the final quarter hour. As for the good city of Houston, the Texas town had a 41.8/60 in local MM numbers last night. That’s the highest rating for a baseball game on TV in Houston since Game 4 of the 2004 World Series.