Lowest-Rated, Least Watched World Series Ever?

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October 24th, 2008

We still haven't seen the final numbers, but if the results from the fast national overnight ratings hold up, last night's game two of the Philadelphia Phillies vs. The Tampa Bay Rays was the lowest-rated and least viewed World Series Game EVER.

Last night's game had an 8.1/13 (household rating/share) and was watched on average by 12.78 million. The previous record low game was game one of the 2006 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals that aired on a Saturday and drew an 8.0/15 and 12.840 viewers. I'm hoping for MLB, the Rays, Phillies and even Fox that they find another couple of tenths of a ratings point and 61,000 viewers when the final numbers come in.

The difference with the Detroit/Cardinals series in 2006 is that at least the Sunday night game two drew 18.165 million. Either way, last night's game will be the lowest watched game two of the World Series ever.

We're not terribly surprised by the numbers as we'd predicted that it was quite likely this would be the least-watched World Series ever. At this point it seems like the only thing that will stop that is going seven games and getting decent numbers for games six and seven. The aforementioned Detroit/St. Louis series in 2006 is currently the least viewed, averaging 15.812 million for five games.

Through two games, Rays/Phils is averaging 13.7 million.

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