Series loses one-quarter of TV audience from 2009

The San Francisco Giants’ 9-0 rout of the Texas Rangers earned

the second-lowest television rating for a World Series Game 2, with

more then one-quarter the audience disappearing from last year.

The Giants’ win Thursday night, which gave them a 2-0 World

Series lead, got an 8.5 rating and was seen by 14.13 million

people, Nielsen Media Research said Friday.

That was down 26 percent from the 11.5 rating for the New York

Yankees’ 3-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 2 last year. The only

lower-rated Game 2 was in 2008, when Tampa Bay’s 4-2 victory over

the Phillies got an 8.1 rating.

The 2008 Series set a record for the worst rating, with an 8.4

over five games. The rating rebounded to 11.6 last year, with

larger markets and the first Series since 2003 extending past five

games.

Despite the absence of New York and Los Angeles, there are big

television markets involved in this year’s Series. Dallas is the

fifth-largest in the United States and San Francisco is No. 6,

according to Nielsen.

Through two games, this year’s Series is averaging an 8.7 rating

and 14.6 million. The rating is down 25 percent from the 11.6

average after the second game last year.