World Series television ratings

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This is a list of television ratings for Major League Baseball's (MLB) World Series since 1984. Only United States audience totals are included, not Canadian television ratings, although the 1992 and 1993 World Series were highly watched in Canada.

The most watched World Series game in history was Game 7 in 1986, as the New York Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox at Shea Stadium in New York City. The game had a 55% share. This broke the record established two nights before in which 52% of televisions in use in the US were tuned in to see the Mets' famous Game 6 comeback that forced a Game 7.

The least watched World Series game in history was in 2008, as only 9.8 million people watched the third game of the series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays; a rain delay moved the start of the game to after 10 p.m. on the East Coast with the game not ending until 1:47 a.m. It had an all-time low rating of 6.1, matched later by Game 3 in 2012 between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers.[1]

The least watched World Series was in 2012, which was a four-game series that averaged a 7.6 rating and 12 share.[1]

Table of World Series television ratings, by year, 1984 - present[edit]

Figures are expressed as ratings/share. Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. households that watched the game on television. Share represents the percentage of television sets in use that were tuned to the game.

Year Net. Results Avg. Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7
2013 Fox Boston Red Sox 4,
St. Louis Cardinals 2
8.9/15
(14.9M
viewers)
8.6/14
(14.5M
viewers)
[2]
8.3/13
(13.4M
viewers)
[3]
7.4/14
(12.5M
viewers)
[4]
9.4/15
(16.0M
viewers)
[5]
8.9/14
(14.4M
viewers)
[6]
11.3/18
(19.2M
viewers)
[7]
No game
2012 Fox San Francisco Giants 4,
Detroit Tigers 0
7.6/12
(12.7M
viewers)
7.6/12
(12.2M
viewers)
[8]
7.8/12
(12.3M
viewers)
[9]
6.1/11
(10.5M
viewers)
[10]
8.9/14
(15.5M
viewers)
[10]
No game
2011 Fox St. Louis Cardinals 4,
Texas Rangers 3
9.9/16
(16.6M
viewers)
8.7/14
(14.2M
viewers)
[11]
8.9/14
(14.3M
viewers)
[12]
6.6/12
(11.2M
viewers)
[13]
9.2/14
(15.2M
viewers)
[13]
8.8/14
(14.3M
viewers)
[14]
12.7/21
(21.1M
viewers)
[15]
14.7/25
(25.4M
viewers)
[16]
2010 Fox San Francisco Giants 4,
Texas Rangers 1
8.4/14
(14.3M
viewers)
8.9/15
(15.009M
viewers)
8.5/14
(14.13M
viewers)
6.7/13
(11.46M
viewers)
9.0/15
(15.537M
viewers)
8.8/14
(14.95M
viewers)
No game
2009 Fox New York Yankees 4,
Philadelphia Phillies 2
11.7/19
(19.4M
viewers)
11.9/19
(19.5M
viewers)
[17]
11.7/19
(18.9M
viewers)
[17]
9.1/18
(15.4M
viewers)
[17]
13.5/22
(22.8M
viewers)
[17]
10.6/16
(17.1M
viewers)
[17]
13.4/22
(22.3M
viewers)
[17]
No game
2008 Fox Philadelphia Phillies 4,
Tampa Bay Rays 1
8.4/14
(13.635M
viewers)
9.2/15
(14.6M
viewers)
[18]
8.1/13
(12.8M
viewers)
[18]
6.1/13
(9.8M
viewers)
[18]
9.3/15
(15.5M
viewers)
[18]
9.6/14
(15.8M
viewers)
[18]
No game
2007 Fox Boston Red Sox 4,
Colorado Rockies 0
10.6/18
(17.123M
viewers)
10.5/18
(16.897M
viewers)
[19]
11.1/18
(16.950M
viewers)
[19]
8.5/15
(14.055M
viewers)
[19]
12.6/21
(20.945M
viewers)
[19]
No game
2006 Fox St. Louis Cardinals 4,
Detroit Tigers 1
10.1/17
(15.812M
viewers)
8.0/15
(12.840M
viewers)
[19]
11.6/18
(18.165M
viewers)
[19]
10.2/17
(15.582M
viewers)
[19]
10.4/18
(16.113M
viewers)
[19]
10.3/18
(16.276M
viewers)
[19]
No game
2005 Fox Chicago White Sox 4,
Houston Astros 0
11.1/19
(17.162M
viewers)
9.5/17
(15.015M
viewers)
[20]
11.1/17
(17.190M
viewers)
[20]
11.0/21
(16.652M
viewers)
[21]
13.0/21
(19.979M
viewers)
[21]
No game
2004 Fox Boston Red Sox 4,
St. Louis Cardinals 0
15.8/26
(25.390M
viewers)
13.7/25
(23.168M
viewers)
[22]
15.9/24
(25.463M
viewers)
[22]
15.7/24
(24.422M
viewers)
[23]
18.2/28
(28.844M
viewers)
[23]
No game
2003 Fox Florida Marlins 4,
New York Yankees 2
12.8/22
(20.143M
viewers)
10.9/20
(17.687M
viewers)
[24]
12.6/20
(20.552M
viewers)
[24]
12.5/21
(18.894M
viewers)
[25]
13.6/23
(20.885M
viewers)
[25]
13.2/21
(19.908M
viewers)
[25]
13.9/25
(23.240M
viewers)
[25]
No game
2002 Fox Anaheim Angels 4,
San Francisco Giants 3
11.9/20
(19.261M
viewers)
9.4/18
(15.5M
viewers)
[26]
11.9/20
(19.4M
viewers)
[27]
10.8/18
(17.0M
viewers)
[28]
11.8/19
(18.1M
viewers)
[28]
10.0/17
(15.8M
viewers)
[28]
11.8/21
(19.2M
viewers)
[29]
17.9/28
(30.8M
viewers)
[29]
2001 Fox Arizona Diamondbacks 4,
New York Yankees 3
15.7/26
(24.528M
viewers)
10.4/19
(16.5M
viewers)
[26]
15.0/23
(23.6M
viewers)
[30]
15.4/24
(23.4M
viewers)
[31]
15.8/27
(23.7M
viewers)
[31]
14.4/24
(21.2M
viewers)
[31]
13.8/24
(22.7M
viewers)
[31]
23.5/34
(39.1M
viewers)
[31]
2000 Fox New York Yankees 4,
New York Mets 1
12.4/21
(18.081M
viewers)
11.5/22
(17.556M
viewers)
[32]
12.6/20
(19.045M
viewers)
[32]
12.4/21
(17.453M
viewers)
[32]
12.5/21
(17.611M
viewers)
[32]
13.1/21
(18.927M
viewers)
[32]
No game
1999 NBC New York Yankees 4,
Atlanta Braves 0
16.0/26
(23.731M
viewers)
14.2/26
(22.035M
viewers)
[32]
15.0/23
(22.825M
viewers)
[32]
16.8/27
(24.116M
viewers)
[32]
17.8/29
(25.848M
viewers)
[32]
No game
1998 Fox New York Yankees 4,
San Diego Padres 0
14.1/24
(20.340M
viewers)
12.4/23
(18.740M
viewers)
[32]
12.6/20
(17.860M
viewers)
[32]
15.4/25
(21.970M
viewers)
[32]
16.6/27
(23.390M
viewers)
[32]
No game
1997 NBC Florida Marlins 4,
Cleveland Indians 3
16.7/29
(24.790M
viewers)
11.3/22
(16.810M
viewers)
[32]
15.0/24
(22.460M
viewers)
[32]
15.6/27
(22.190M
viewers)
[32]
15.5/26
(22.070M
viewers)
[32]
17.2/30
(24.200M
viewers)
[32]
15.5/28
(23.740M
viewers)
[32]
24.5/39
(37.990M
viewers)
[32]
1996 Fox New York Yankees 4,
Atlanta Braves 2
17.4/29
(25.220M
viewers)
15.7/25
(23.690M
viewers)
[32]
14.0/23
(19.430M
viewers)
[32]
17.5/28
(23.990M
viewers)
[32]
17.9/32
(25.160M
viewers)
[32]
20.0/32
(28.520M
viewers)
[32]
19.1/34
(30.440M
viewers)
[32]
No game
1995 ABC Atlanta Braves 4,
Cleveland Indians 2
19.5/33
(28.970M
viewers)
16.4/30 No game 20.0/33 21.6/34 No game
NBC No game 19.4/31 20.0/34 No game 19.5/35 No game
1994 Series canceled due to a strike. Had the World Series been played out, it would have aired on ABC.
1993 CBS Toronto Blue Jays 4,
Philadelphia Phillies 2
17.3/30
(24.700M
viewers)
15.5/29 17.9/29 15.2/28 18.0/31 18.4/30 19.1/35 No game
1992 CBS Toronto Blue Jays 4,
Atlanta Braves 2
20.2/34
(30.010M
viewers)
15.6/28 20.2/32 20.8/33 18.9/30 21.6/36 22.7/41 No game
1991 CBS Minnesota Twins 4,
Atlanta Braves 3
24.0/39
(35.680M
viewers)
17.6/32 21.7/34 23.5/39 22.9/36 22.9/37 25.4/44 32.2/49
1990 CBS Cincinnati Reds 4,
Oakland Athletics 0
20.8/36
(30.240M
viewers)
20.2/32 21.8/37 19.4/35 21.4/38 No game
1989 ABC Oakland Athletics 4,
San Francisco Giants 0
16.4/29
(24.550M
viewers)
16.2/30 17.4/28 17.5/32 14.7/28 No game
1988 NBC Los Angeles Dodgers 4,
Oakland Athletics 1
23.9/39
(34.490M
viewers)
20.5/38 23.1/36 24.8/40 24.2/39 27.0/43 No game
1987 ABC Minnesota Twins 4,
St. Louis Cardinals 3
24.0/41
(35.340M
viewers)
19.2/35 21.9/34 24.9/40 23.8/38 23.4/38 20.9/47 32.6/50
1986 NBC New York Mets 4,
Boston Red Sox 3
28.6/46
(36.370M
viewers)
24.2/42 25.5/41 25.6/40 26.0/41 29.8/47 30.3/52 38.9/55
1985 ABC Kansas City Royals 4,
St. Louis Cardinals 3
25.3/39
(34.510M
viewers)
22.1/37 23.2/35 25.4/38 24.8/38 24.9/38 24.2/41 32.6/47
1984 NBC Detroit Tigers 4,
San Diego Padres 1
22.9/40
(28.010M
viewers)
27.7/44 26.0/40 21.5/35 15.0/41 22.7/42 No game

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