Viewers continue to be drawn to this year’s World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers pulling out a 3-1 win in Tuesday’s Game 6 to force a deciding Game 7 tonight.
Based on Nielsen overnight data, Tuesday’s game on Fox averaged a preliminary 5.2 rating in the key demo of adults 18-49 along with 18.92 million total viewers, comparable to Sunday’s Game 5, which wound up with a 5.3 demo average and 18.94 million viewers.
Tuesday’s game also delivered a 15.1/26 in Nielsen metered market results, the best numbers for any game in this year’s Series and the best any Game 6 has done since 2009.
Even with adjustments later today, however, Game 6’s demo and viewer numbers are unlikely to match last year’s Game 6, in which the Chicago Cubs forced a seventh game by beating the Cleveland Indians 9-3. That 2016 game pulled a 6.6 demo average and 23.4 million total viewers — the best numbers for any Game 6 since 1997.
Deadline notes that Sunday’s World Series Game 5 pulled off a rare win over the NFL, with the 5.3 average demo rating and 18.94 million viewers for Fox’s coverage of the Series topping NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” numbers, a 4.8 in the key demo and 13.86 million total viewers.