World Series Snags Most Viewers in 5 Years

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:28 am,

This year’s World Series battle between the valiant Philadelphia Phillies and the evil empire of the New York Yankees (oh, did I mention I’m from the Philadelphia area?) drew an average 19.4 million viewers and a 6.2 Nielsen rating, according to THR.

Remember the muttering about how the country wanted an LA/NY World Series?  Didn’t seem to keep people from tuning in anyway.

That 6.2 rating is the largest single-year ratings increase in the history of the World Series.  The obvious change came in the form of the Yankees making to the series – although I’d like to think some of that boost was due to Philly’s Chase Utley turning in one of the greatest World Series performances in the history of the sport.  Wednesday’s game 6 (the last in the series) averaged 22.3 million viewers and a 7.4 rating among adults 18-49, up 41% in the demographic from 2008.

Higher ratings for Fox (which annually broadcasts the World Series), inevitably meant lower ratings for most of the competing programming on other networks, including ABC’s Cougar Town and Eastwick and CBS’s CSI: New York whose numbers all hit series lows.  Oddly enough, those that prefer the fashion and confrontation of the catwalk to that of the baseball diamond drove The CW’s America’s Next Top Model ratings to a season high.

Now if only they would stop playing that same Jay-Z song all over the streets of NYC…

A final game that saw a Yankees 7-1 lead in the fifth inning reminds me more of recent Superbowl blowouts than the edge-of-your-seat fare Fox was surely hoping for.  Did you think the World Series on the whole was entertaining, or did the thrill dissipate early for you?

Source: THR

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  1. I always like it to go 7.
    Much more exciting .

  2. I’m sorry, which “World” is this the series of?

    I saw the video of (sorry I’m not a huge baseball fan, so I may have the player’s name wrong) A. Rod yelling out “we’re the champions of the world” or some-such. But then, I wonder… “WHAT world, exactly?” Which teams from other countries did you just beat?

    And then, Americans wonder why the rest of the planet thinks they are chauvinists.

  3. @Mike E.

    C’mon, sir… that’s not fair… it’s not like I’m running around being angry at Freddie Mercury because of “Princes of the Universe”.

    Exactly what universe are they the princes of? If so, where are the Kings and Queens of the universe. If they are princes of the universe then why are they called Queen?

  4. The world’s finest baseball players
    play major league baseball in the
    United States of America.

    Even Japan’s finest players
    come to the USA to play.

    The World Series is most appropriately
    and accurately called The World Series.

  5. @ Mike E.

    That’s a pretty lame gripe to have…

    figures a bunch of Americans would defend that silly title.

    The reason players from other countries come to the US to play is because of SALARY, not because of the quality of baseball there.

    And it SHOULD be the “American Series”, not the “world” series.

  7. A thrilling but heartbreaking series. (Did I mention I’m from the Philadelphia area too?) Scott Miller, you automatically rock.

  8. Mike E – complainer blah blah blah

    Scott Miller – you live in philly now or raised here?

    Judy – I was heartbroken too. I had a nasty feeling in my gut right when it ended but at least we won last year. I’m not complaining too much because the parade last year was the most amazing thing I have ever been a part of with millions of people running around in the streets. It was a great run!

  9. @M-Cat, I had all of game 6 to gradually accept that we wouldn’t be winning. Kinda felt defeated throughout the entire thing, but in the end I was SO proud of how far they got this year. It just reminded me how much I freakin love this team. (It’s been fun, but so long Brett Myers.)

    The parade last year was great. Nobody here even cared (or remembered) it was Halloween. Loved the guy in the Superman suit running around.

  10. Judy

    yes, it was another awesome season! What a great team even if they didn’t get it done this year. There is always next year and we might just see those Yankees again for some revenge.

    Did the guy in the Superman costume you saw have on boxing gloves? My buddy was running around with a superman costume but also had boxing gloves on to represent Rocky. It was hilarious!

  11. M-Cat, nah, just plain old Superman, but he was still hilarious. We were toward the end of the parade, around Shunk. Good times!

  12. @Mike E

    Unless I’m mistaken when the World Series began the U.S. was the only country in the world that played it. So excuse us if we’re not interested in changing the title of the game and series we invented.



  13. P.S.

    I’m not even a baseball fan. 😛


  14. I watched all the games, and being a Yankees fan for my entire life, it was a terrific series. The Phillies are a very good team with some great players, but they also have loud-mouthed jerks like Jimmy Rollins and Pedro. The win is so much sweeter having beaten Pedro twice and “J-Roll” hitting worse than Andy Pettite. Utley did have a great series, but remember that Reggie hit 4 homeruns in FOUR CONSECUTIVE AT BATS with FOUR CONSECUTIVE SWINGS in ’77. I seriously doubt that anyone will ever duplicate that.

    I do agree that the Jay-Z song is really really bad and very very annoying. They should’ve just stuck with Frank. For a franchise with so much history and so much pride in it’s history, to let a POS like Jay-Z ruin it really boggles my mind.

    Gonna go watch the parade on my DVR when I get home from work tonight.

  15. Haha. I’m a baseball fan and I can laugh at Mike E’s comments. We do kind of come off as A-holes around the world, and the Yankees are the most cocky team in bb.

    I am however glad they beat the Phillies… I don’t think the Angels could have and it would have sucked to witness that bloodbath. :-)

  16. Oh no guys, the PC police has arrived. LMAO!! 😀

    I wonder if Mike E is going to cry about the WWE too, lol.

  17. The Yanks being in the series was the reason for the huge jump in ratings. Look at the ratings of last years when the Yanks nor the Red Sox were in the WS against Philly. Unless you were a Philly fan you could care less who won. Yes Utley was going crazy tying Reggie Jackson for most hrs in a world series, but that wasnt the reason for the boost. Yanks havent been in the series since 2003 and havent won since 2000. Theres a big fan bse over the country for the Yanks just like for the Sox. Some people tune in to see if they will choke or win the game. If it went to game would have been the highest out of all the games i bet.