Tuesday’s opening game of the World Series delivered the best numbers for Game 1 of the Fall Classic since 2009, based on Nielsen Metered Market data, Fox Sports announced.
The clash between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians — won by Cleveland, 6-0 — powered Fox to a prime-time win, with the network projecting the game as Fox’s highest-rated prime-time telecast of the broadcast season.
The game delivered a 12.6/21 overnight rating/share, according to Nielsen Media Research. That represents a 20% increase over last year’s opener (10.5/18; New York Mets vs. Kansas City Royals) and a 58% surge from 2014 (8.0/13; San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals).
“World Series Game 1 powered Fox to an easy win across all networks in prime time on Tuesday night and the 12.6 overnight rating is the best metered-market rating for a World Series Game 1 since 2009 (vs. 13.8/22; Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees), projecting to rank as the network’s highest-rated prime-time telecast of the broadcast season,” Fox announced.