World Series Game 2 Viewership Down Double Digits From 2017 – Update


UPDATE 4:20 PM: The World Series is taking a night off as the 2-0 Boston Red Sox and the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers move America’s pastime out West after Game 1 and Game 2 in Beantown.

With Game 3 set for tomorrow night in the City of Angels, the final numbers from last night’s Game 2 reveal that Fox is also struggling to get any ratings traction despite the deep national following for the Red Sox and the mega-market of LA.

The three-hour primetime Game 2 drew 13.46 million viewers with a 3.3/15 rating among adults 18-49. That’s down double digits from the Game 2 of the 2017 World Series when the Dodgers lost at home to ultimately series winning Houston Astros. Taking a 13% drop in total viewers and 21% in the key demo from last year, the 2018 Game 2 also declined 11% in overall audience from the 2018 Game 1 of October 23. In terms of the 18-49s, Game 2 of the 2018 competition has dipped just over 2% from Game 1.

See ya at Dodger Stadium on Friday.

PREVIOUSLY, 7:25 AM: At this rate, the 2018 World Series is starting to look like it could end up a lot like the 2017 MLB championship for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Having lost Game 2 against the Boston Red Sox 4-2 in the Massachusetts metropolis last night like they did to the Houston Astros in their second match-up last year, the City of Angels team could find themselves coming up short in their second World Series in a row. Down 2-0 to the Red Sox, hope may emerge for the Dodgers when the bases battle brings them out West on Friday for some warmer bats in their first home game of the 2018 competition.

At this stage, Fox might be saying some prayers for the City of Angels’ boys to rally too.

In metered market ratings, last night’s Game 2 of the World Series is down from last year’s comparable October 25, 2017 showdown while staying steady with this year’s Game 1.

With Red Sox pitcher Craig Kimbrel owning his innings in an overall rough night for the Dodgers, the just over three-hour game in Boston delivered a 9.9/17 in the early metrics. That’s a drop of 10% from Game 2 of the 2017 World Series and a dip of 1% from this year’s Game 1 on October 23.

Last year’s Game 2 earned 15.48 million viewers and a 4.2/17 rating among adults 18-49 for Fox in the final numbers. Game 1 of the 2018 World Series drew a 3.7/17 in the key demo with an audience of 13.8 million for the Rupert Murdoch owned net.

Right now, the 10.0/18 MM average for the first two games of the World Series is the lowest result for the competition since the 8.4/13 that the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals had at this stage in 2014.

There will be no World Series tonight as the sports heavy New Fox toggles over to the NFL and the Miami Dolphins v. the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. As for the big baseball game, we’ll update with Game 2 numbers, and more of what was on the Big 4 last night, when they come in later today.

BTW – Go Dodgers!

In other Wednesday raings news, death became ABC’s Modern Family (1.5, 5.22M), which logged a best-since-season-debut demo rating killing off a character, though the demo stat was down relative to same night last year.

Halloween themed storylines played well on ABC’s other comedies. The Goldbergs (1.3, 4.98M), American Housewife (1.1, 4.35M), and Single Parent (1.1, 3.79M) grew to best-since-debut numbers. At 10 PM, A Million Little Things (0.8, 3.51M) was stat.

NBC was Wednesday’s top-rated entertainment network. Chicago Med (1.3, 7.75M) was he night’s most watched entertainment series, matching the network’s best demo rating in the slot with in-season regular programming since February of 2015.

Chicago Fire (1.3, 7.65M) tied Med as No. 1 for the night in the demo. And, Chicago P.D. (1.2, 6.65M) grew, despite World Series competition, to equal its best performance since last March.

CW dramas seemed to enjoy an absence of Fox drama competition;  Riverdale (0.5, 1.43M) and All American (0.3, 787K) both grew 1/10th in demo week o week.

CBS’s Survivor (1.4, 7.35M) gained viewers, after which Seal Team (0.8, 5.43M) and Criminal Minds (0.7, 4.27M) broke even, week to week, in the demo. That means no ABC, CBS, NBC or CW program lost rating versus previous week despite World Series competition.

Fox (2.8, 11.32M) towered over primetime Wednesday. NBC (1.2, 7.35M) was tops among entertainment slates, followed ABC (1.1, 4.23M) in the demo and CBS (1.0, 5.68M) in total viewers. CW (0.4, 1.11M) followed.

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