2008 World Series Lowest-Rated, Least-Watched Series Ever

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October 30th, 2008

As predicted.

We saw the numbers earlier in the day, but I wanted to allow Philadelphia Phillies fans a few hours to savor their city's first major championship in 25 years. Also, the Tampa Bay Rays should celebrate the success of going from never even having had a season where they won more games than they lost to being in the World Series. Philadelphia won the best of seven series in five games. But it took six telecasts since game five was suspended due to rain with the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The game resumed on Wednesday night and the Phillies went on to win the game by a score of 4-3.

Once again, the World Series did not go seven games - that hasn't happened since the 2002 World Series matchup between the then Anaheim Angels and the San Francisco Giants.

This series averaged an 8.2/12 household rating/share and 13.2 million viewers. Going back to 1968, that's the lowest-rated series. Viewers were not tracked until 1973, and it's the least-viewed series, edging out the 2006 matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers which had a 10.1/17 and averaged 15.812 million viewers. Going in, this series seemed to have no shot at outdoing that unless the series went seven games.

You can see all the historical averages going back to 1968.

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