The 2017 World Series between the Dodgers and Astros produced eye-popping viewership numbers, with Nielsen Media Research figures indicating 106 million viewers watched all or part of the Series on Fox.
“Wednesday’s emotional World Series Game 7 victory by the Houston Astros over the Los Angeles Dodgers averaged more than 29.3 million viewers across Fox (28,229,000), Fox Deportes (778,000) and streaming live on Fox Sports GO (293,918), according to Nielsen and Adobe Analytics. The game peaked at 31,989,000 viewers from 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. ET,” Fox Sports announced.
The announcement adds: “The complete 2017 World Series on Fox, the 20th delivered by the network, averaged 18,909,000 viewers across all seven games (10.7 HH rating), the second-best audience for a World Series since 2009. While it was -19% below last year’s historic Chicago Cubs’ seven-game victory over the Cleveland Indians, which went into extra innings in Game 7 (23,388,000 viewers), it topped 2015 by +29% (14,700,000) and 2014 by +37% (13,825,000).”
Game 7 on Fox Deportes ranks as the most-watched non-soccer sporting event in Spanish-language cable TV history, the announcement notes, adding: “Fox Deportes’ Game 7 viewership was up +37% year-to-year, peaking at 907,000 viewers from 11:15 PM ET to 11:30 PM ET.”
“The World Series also was a hit with younger viewers. Among teens, this year’s World Series enjoyed its second-best rating since 2009 (2.4), outperforming every entertainment primetime program on television,” Fox added.
Eric Shanks, Fox Sports president & executive producer, commented in the announcement: “This unbelievable World Series absolutely showcased the power of great baseball. Not only did it give the city of Houston a moment of triumph in challenging times, but the evenly matched and intensely battled series engaged a nation well beyond anyone’s expectations. These seven games — with 106 million viewers tuning in to catch a look — give us all something to celebrate.”