Strong ending helps World Series avoid record low viewership

November 5, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — It may be no solace to the Houston Astros, but the Washington Nationals' comeback win in the World Series helped baseball avoid a dubious record.

The series' seventh and deciding game reached 23.2 million people, eclipsing even "Sunday Night Football" and enabling the Series to average just under 14 million viewers per game, the Nielsen company said. The last game drew nearly 7 million more viewers than any of the other games.

Through five games, the series was on pace to be the least-watched Fall Classic ever.

At least for another year, San Francisco's four-game sweep of Detroit in 2012 keeps the record of least popular series ever. It averaged 12.66 million viewers.

Showtime did not immediately have ratings for the series finale of "The Affair" on Sunday but said the episode had the best-ever numbers of the five-year series in streaming and on-demand platforms.

Fox won the week in prime time, averaging 9.8 million viewers. NBC had 7.1 million viewers, CBS had 6.1 million, ABC had 3.8 million, ION Television and Telemundo both had 1.21 million, Univision had 1.17 million and the CW had 780,000.

Fox News Channel was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.6 million viewers in prime time. ESPN had 2.3 million, MSNBC had 1.77 million, Hallmark had 1.51 million and TLC had 1.12 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.7 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" was second with 7.9 million, and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.6 million viewers.

For the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 3, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: World Series Game 7: Washington at Houston, Fox, 23.22 million; NFL Football: New England at Baltimore, NBC, 22.03 million; World Series Game 6: Washington at Houston, Fox, 16.55 million; "NFL Pregame Show," NBC, 15.7 million; NFL Football: San Francisco at Atlanta, Fox, 14.28 million; "Football Night in America, Part 3," NBC, 12.19 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.04 million. NFL Football: Miami at Pittsburgh, ESPN, 10.42 million; "NFL Pregame Show," Fox, 8.5 million; "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 8.19 million.

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