Tuesday’s opening game of the World Series, in which the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1, saw a big dip in viewership from last year’s Series. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the game, carried by Fox, was down 23% from the 2016 opener, in which the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians faced off.
Even so, viewership remained strong. “Adjustments from Nielsen give the Fox telecast a robust 14.97 million viewers,” THR reports. “The game also managed a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49, easily locking in the strongest number a broadcast network has seen since premiere week. (NFL excluded.) ”
Game 1 was on track to sweep the night in all key measures, THR notes.
“There was never any real chance of Game 1 meeting the highs set by last year’s opener — one that brought in 19.4 million viewers and went on for a full seven-game series, culminating in a stunning 40 million viewers,” THR adds.