When the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and the Indians came to an end, we figured it could be a long time before baseball approached the kind of viewership those games had drawn. But here we are only a year later, and the Dodgers and Astros are drawing some shockingly excellent numbers. Fox announced Wednesday that Tuesday’s Game 6 earned a 15.1 overnight rating, a figure that was 2 percent higher than Game 6 last year and 70 percent higher than Game 6 in 2014. It was the first time this series that a Dodgers-Astros matchup has topped its Cubs-Indians equivalent. And though we should note that last year’s Game 6 was 7-0 in the third inning, it’s still highly noteworthy that the 2017 World Series can (sort of) keep pace with a series that was supposed to be untouchable. We don’t need to compare the Game 6 audience to last year’s to get a sense of how huge a number 15.1 is. According to Sports Media Watch, Game 6 drew the third-best overnight rating of any non-NFL sporting even this year, trailing only NBA Finals Game 5 (which was a clinching game) and the College Football Playoff title game.
World Series Game 6 drew unexpectedly massive ratings, besting even 2016
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