World Series Ratings: Game 1 Strikes Out With New Low

UPDATE, 1:57 PM: The final stats are in for last night’s World Series Game 1 and it looks like there were two losers: The Kansas City Royals, obviously, after falling to the San Francisco Giants 7-1, and Fox. The opening game got a 3.4/11 rating between 8-11 PM with 12.19 million viewers. That’s a drop of 19% from the first game between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 23 last year. Last night’s game dipped 6% from the previous all-time World Series Game 1 low, the 2012 battle between the Giants and Detroit Tigers on October 24 of that year.

Last night’s viewership was down a touch from the 12.2 million who watched the 2012 opener and down a solid 14% from the 14.40 million who tuned in for 2013’s Game 1. Let’s see where that all goes with tonight’s game, also from KC.

PREVIOUS, 8:20 AM: Despite its first World Series in 29 years, the Kansas City Royals probably didn’t feel like kings last night after the San Francisco Giants 7-1 soundly beat the host Royals in Game 1. Last night’s game at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium in KC was a loss for Fox too: In metered market ratings, the Giants’ victory pulled an 8.0/13. That’s a strikeout — down 14% from last year’s Game 1 matchup between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. That October 23 game at Fenway Park got a 9.4/15 in MM results.

Unlike last year’s surge from the all-time low series opener of 2012, Fox was plagued by the fact last night’s game pitted two smaller-markets teams and it was basically all over after the first five batters. In the primetime hours of 8-11 PM, the World Series Game 1 did a 8.4/14. Overall, the game will likely see Fox winning the night with what looks to be their highest-rated primetime broadcast since the February 5 airing of American Idol  – which got a 3.9 rating.

We’ll update with fast nationals for Giants-Royals plus results for The Flash, NCIS and other shows on TV later. In the meantime, here are the MM for the team’s local markets: SF: 29.3/50, KC: 48.2/68.


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