Chicago – Facing elimination, the Chicago Cubs pulled out all the stops Sunday night and lived to fight another day, beating the Cleveland Indians in front of a boisterous crowd at Wrigley Field. Last night’s World Series Game 5 posted a 13.1/21 household rating/share with 23.6 million on the FOX broadcast network to rank as the most-watched World Series Game 5 since 1997’s 24.2 million for the Miami Marlins and the Indians matchup, according to fast national figures released by Nielsen Media Research. FOX projects to easily win Sunday night in prime time. Combined with FOX Deportes (342,000 viewers) and FOX Sports GO (135,587 average minute audience), World Series Game 5 registered 24.1 million total viewers.
Sunday night’s World Series Game 5 is the highest-rated Game 5 since 2003’s 13.2/21 for the New York Yankees and Marlins and is the most-watched baseball telecast of any kind since the 2011 World Series Game 7 between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals (25.4 million viewers). Last night easily ranks as FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched primetime telecast of the broadcast season.
Compared to last year’s World Series Game 5 clincher between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, last night’s contest is up +37% on average audience (vs. 17.2 million) and +31% in household rating (vs. 10.0/17). Sunday night is +79% better than 2014’s Royals vs. San Francisco Giants Game 5 (vs. 7.3/12).
Through five games, the 2016 World Series is averaging an 11.0/19 household rating/share with 19.3 million viewers to rank as the most-watched World Series through the first five games since 2004’s historic matchup between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals (25.4 million viewers for a four game sweep).
In the male demos, FOX saw significant increases for Sunday night’s game over last year in M12-17 (+52%; 3.5 vs. 2.3), M18-34 (+39%; 6.4 vs. 4.6), M18-49 (+29%; 8.1 vs. 6.3), and M25-54 (+27%; 9.4 vs. 7.4). In A18-49, last night’s Game 5 is up +31% (6.7 vs. 5.1).
FOX Deportes averaged 342,000 total viewers, which ranks as the most-watched World Series game on Spanish-language television since Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Sunday night’s World Series Game 5 is up +16% over last year (vs. 216,000 viewers). FOX Sports GO’s average minute audience of 135,587 is a new record for an authenticated event.
FOX and FOX Deportes televise World Series Game 6 between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night from Progressive Field in Cleveland with a live pregame show beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FS1.