World Series television ratings

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This is a list of national 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 highest average rating for an entire World Series is tied between the 1978 Series featuring the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers and the 1980 Series featuring the Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals. Both Series, each of which went six games, averaged a national rating of 32.8 and a share of 56. However, the 1978 Series had a slightly larger total viewership (44,278,950) than 1980 (42,300,000).

The highest-rated individual game in Series 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 38.9 national rating and 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 lowest-rated World Series game came in 2008, as only 9.836 million people watched Game 3 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.

The least-watched World Series was in 2012, a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers by the San Francisco Giants that averaged a 7.6 rating and 12 share.

Viewership by year[edit]

Least and most viewed World Series[edit]

The following shows the World Series with the lowest and highest average viewership (since 1984).

  1. 2012 — 12.700 M
  2. 2008 — 13.635 M
  3. 2014 — 13.800 M
  4. 2010 — 14.300 M
  5. 2015 — 14.700 M
  1. 1986 — 36.370 M
  2. 1991 — 35.680 M
  3. 1987 — 35.340 M
  4. 1985 — 34.510 M
  5. 1988 — 34.490 M

Viewership records for Games 1–7[edit]

The following table shows the viewership records — both highest and lowest — for games one through seven in a World Series. Viewership numbers for individual games are available from 1996 to the present.

Game Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7
Highest 23.690 M (1996) 25.463 M (2004) 24.422 M (2004) 28.844 M (2004) 28.520 M (1996) 30.440 M (1996) 39.084 M (2001)
Lowest 12.191 M (2014) 12.340 M (2012) 9.836 M (2008) 10.742 M (2014) 12.635 M (2014) 13.372 M (2014) 23.517 M (2014)

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
2015 Fox Kansas City Royals 4,
New York Mets 1
8.7/16
(14.700 M
viewers)
9.0/17
(14.944 M
viewers)
8.3/14
(13.722 M
viewers)
7.9/15
(13.205 M
viewers)
7.8/15
(13.587 M
viewers)
10.0/17
(17.206 M
viewers)
No Game
2014 Fox San Francisco Giants 4,
Kansas City Royals 3
8.2/14
(13.800 M
viewers)
7.3/12
(12.191 M
viewers)
7.9/14
(12.917 M
viewers)
7.2/13
(12.133 M
viewers)
6.3/12
(10.742 M
viewers)
7.3/12
(12.635 M
viewers)
8.1/13
(13.372 M
viewers)
13.7/23
(23.517 M
viewers)
2013 Fox Boston Red Sox 4,
St. Louis Cardinals 2
8.9/15
(14.900 M
viewers)
8.6/14
(14.400 M
viewers)
8.3/13
(13.429 M
viewers)
7.4/14
(12.473 M
viewers)
9.4/15
(15.975 M
viewers)
8.9/14
(14.446 M
viewers)
11.3/18
(19.178 M
viewers)
No Game
2012 Fox San Francisco Giants 4,
Detroit Tigers 0
7.6/12
(12.700 M
viewers)
7.6/12
(12.240 M
viewers)
7.8/12
(12.340 M
viewers)
6.1/11
(10.471 M
viewers)
8.9/14
(15.485 M
viewers)
No Game
2011 Fox St. Louis Cardinals 4,
Texas Rangers 3
10.0/16
(16.600 M
viewers)
8.7/14
(14.174 M
viewers)
8.9/14
(14.280 M
viewers)
6.6/12
(11.247 M
viewers)
9.2/14
(15.156 M
viewers)
8.8/14
(14.324 M
viewers)
12.7/21
(21.065 M
viewers)
14.7/25
(25.403 M
viewers)
2010 Fox San Francisco Giants 4,
Texas Rangers 1
8.4/14
(14.300 M
viewers)
8.9/15
(15.009 M
viewers)
8.5/14
(14.130 M
viewers)
6.7/13
(11.460 M
viewers)
9.0/15
(15.537 M
viewers)
8.8/14
(14.950 M
viewers)
No Game
2009 Fox New York Yankees 4,
Philadelphia Phillies 2
11.7/19
(19.400 M
viewers)
11.9/19
(19.511 M
viewers)
11.7/19
(18.897 M viewers)
9.1/18
(15.397 M
viewers)
13.5/22
(22.761 M
viewers)
10.6/16
(17.092 M
viewers)
13.4/22
(22.339 M
viewers)
No Game
2008 Fox Philadelphia Phillies 4,
Tampa Bay Rays 1
8.4/14
(13.635 M
viewers)
9.2/15
(14.634 M
viewers)
8.1/13
(12.777 M
viewers)
6.1/13
(9.836 M
viewers)
9.3/15
(15.479 M
viewers)
9.6/14
(15.787 M
viewers)
No Game
2007 Fox Boston Red Sox 4,
Colorado Rockies 0
10.6/18
(17.123 M
viewers)
10.5/18
(16.897 M
viewers)
11.1/18
(16.950 M
viewers)
8.5/15
(14.055 M
viewers)
12.6/21
(20.946 M
viewers)
No Game
2006 Fox St. Louis Cardinals 4,
Detroit Tigers 1
10.1/17
(15.812 M
viewers)
8.0/15
(12.840 M
viewers)
11.6/18
(18.165 M
viewers)
10.2/17
(15.582 M
viewers)
10.4/18
(16.113 M
viewers)
10.3/18
(16.277 M
viewers)
No Game
2005 Fox Chicago White Sox 4,
Houston Astros 0
11.1/19
(17.162 M
viewers)
9.5/17
(15.015 M
viewers)
11.1/17
(17.190 M
viewers)
11.0/21
(16.652 M
viewers)
13.0/21
(19.979 M
viewers)
No Game
2004 Fox Boston Red Sox 4,
St. Louis Cardinals 0
15.8/26
(25.390 M
viewers)
13.7/25
(23.168 M
viewers)
15.9/24
(25.463 M
viewers)
15.7/24
(24.422 M
viewers)
18.2/28
(28.844 M
viewers)
No Game
2003 Fox Florida Marlins 4,
New York Yankees 2
12.8/22
(20.143 M
viewers)
10.9/20
(17.687 M
viewers)
12.6/20
(20.552 M
viewers)
12.5/21
(18.894 M
viewers)
13.6/23
(20.885 M
viewers)
13.2/21
(19.919 M
viewers)
13.9/25
(23.240 M
viewers)
No Game
2002 Fox Anaheim Angels 4,
San Francisco Giants 3
11.9/20
(19.261 M
viewers)
9.4/18
(15.457 M
viewers)
11.9/20
(19.368 M
viewers)
10.8/18
(17.043 M
viewers)
11.8/19
(18.085 M
viewers)
10.0/17
(15.840 M
viewers)
11.8/21
(19.221 M
viewers)
17.9/28
(30.814 M
viewers)
2001 Fox Arizona Diamondbacks 4,
New York Yankees 3
15.7/26
(24.528 M
viewers)
10.4/19
(16.476 M
viewers)
15.0/23
(23.550 M
viewers)
15.4/24
(23.407 M
viewers)
15.8/27
(23.692 M
viewers)
14.4/24
(21.323 M
viewers)
13.8/24
(22.672 M
viewers)
23.5/34
(39.084 M
viewers)
2000 Fox New York Yankees 4,
New York Mets 1
12.4/21
(18.081 M
viewers)
11.5/22
(17.556 M
viewers)
12.6/20
(19.045 M
viewers)
12.4/21
(17.453 M
viewers)
12.5/21
(17.611 M
viewers)
13.1/21
(18.927 M
viewers)
No Game
1999 NBC New York Yankees 4,
Atlanta Braves 0
16.0/26
(23.731 M
viewers)
14.2/26
(22.035 M
viewers)
15.0/23
(22.825 M
viewers)
16.8/27
(24.116 M
viewers)
17.8/29
(25.848 M
viewers)
No Game
1998 Fox New York Yankees 4,
San Diego Padres 0
14.1/24
(20.340 M
viewers)
12.4/23
(18.740 M
viewers)
12.6/20
(17.860 M
viewers)
15.4/25
(21.970 M
viewers)
16.6/27
(23.390 M
viewers)
No Game
1997 NBC Florida Marlins 4,
Cleveland Indians 3
16.7/29
(24.790 M
viewers)
11.3/22
(16.810 M
viewers)
15.0/24
(22.460 M
viewers)
15.6/27
(22.190 M
viewers)
15.5/26
(22.070 M
viewers)
17.2/30
(24.200 M
viewers)
15.5/28
(23.740 M
viewers)
24.5/39
(37.990 M
viewers)
1996 Fox New York Yankees 4,
Atlanta Braves 2
17.4/29
(25.220 M
viewers)
15.7/25
(23.690 M
viewers)
14.0/23
(19.430 M
viewers)
17.5/28
(23.990 M
viewers)
17.9/32
(25.160 M
viewers)
20.0/32
(28.520 M
viewers)
19.1/34
(30.440 M
viewers)
No Game
1995 ABC Atlanta Braves 4,
Cleveland Indians 2
19.5/33
(28.970 M
viewers)
16.4/30 (25.150 M viewers) No Game 20.0/33 (28.670 M viewers) 21.6/34 (31.710 M viewers) No Game
NBC No Game 19.4/31 (29.350 M viewers) 20.0/34 (28.720 M viewers) No Game 19.5/35 (30.280 M viewers) 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
(24.700 M
viewers)
15.5/29 (23.100 M viewers) 17.9/29 (25.200 M viewers) 15.2/28 (20.570 M viewers) 18.0/31 (24.590 M viewers) 18.4/30 (26.110 M viewers) 19.1/35 (29.050 M viewers) No Game
1992 CBS Toronto Blue Jays 4,
Atlanta Braves 2
20.2/34
(30.010 M
viewers)
15.6/28 (25.020 M viewers) 20.2/32 (29.590 M viewers) 20.8/33 (29.980 M viewers) 18.9/30 (26.410 M viewers) 21.6/36 (31.230 M viewers) 22.7/41 (35.000 M viewers) No Game
1991 CBS Minnesota Twins 4,
Atlanta Braves 3
24.0/39
(35.680 M
viewers)
17.6/32 (26.310 M viewers) 21.7/34 (30.840 M viewers) 23.5/39 (33.170 M viewers) 22.9/36 (32.100 M viewers) 22.9/37 (33.180 M viewers) 25.4/44 (40.830 M viewers) 32.2/49 (50.340 M viewers)
1990 CBS Cincinnati Reds 4,
Oakland Athletics 0
20.8/36
(30.240 M
viewers)
20.2/32 (28.600 M viewers) 21.8/37 (30.570 M viewers) 19.4/35 (28.720 M viewers) 21.4/38 (32.910 M viewers) No Game
1989 ABC Oakland Athletics 4,
San Francisco Giants 0
16.4/29
(24.550 M
viewers)
16.2/30 (25.030 M viewers) 17.4/28 (25.410 M viewers) 17.5/32 (26.610 M viewers) 14.7/28 (21.640 M viewers) No Game
1988 NBC Los Angeles Dodgers 4,
Oakland Athletics 1
23.9/39
(34.490 M
viewers)
20.5/38 (30.350 M viewers) 23.1/36 (34.700 M viewers) 24.8/40 (34.990 M viewers) 24.2/39 (33.960 M viewers) 27.0/43 (38.800 M viewers) No Game
1987 ABC Minnesota Twins 4,
St. Louis Cardinals 3
24.0/41
(35.340 M
viewers)
19.2/35 (30.570 M viewers) 21.9/34 (33.660 M viewers) 24.9/40 (34.990 M viewers) 23.8/38 (34.040 M viewers) 23.4/38 (32.550 M viewers) 20.9/47 (29.090 M viewers) 32.6/50 (51.180 M viewers)
1986 NBC New York Mets 4,
Boston Red Sox 3
28.6/46
(36.370 M
viewers)
24.2/42 (33.100 M viewers) 25.5/41 (32.340 M viewers) 25.6/40 (33.200 M viewers) 26.0/41 (34.490 M viewers) 29.8/47 (38.710 M viewers) 30.3/52 (44.510 M viewers) 38.9/55
(55 - 60 M
viewers)
1985 ABC Kansas City Royals 4,
St. Louis Cardinals 3
25.3/39
(34.510 M
viewers)
22.1/37 (31.510 M viewers) 23.2/35 (31.770 M viewers) 25.4/38 (32.800 M viewers) 24.8/38 (35.040 M viewers) 24.9/38 (30.950 M viewers) 24.2/41 (34.860 M viewers) 32.6/47 (45.000 M viewers)
1984 NBC Detroit Tigers 4,
San Diego Padres 1
22.9/40
(28.010 M
viewers)
27.7/44 (33.860 M viewers) 26.0/40 (32.010 M viewers) 21.5/35 (26.810 M viewers) 15.0/41 (18.020 M viewers) 22.7/42 (28.580 M viewers) No Game

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