Yankees-Phillies World Series: How High Will The Ratings Go?
There hasn’t been a seven game World Series since 2002, the longest drought in at least the last 40 years. A seven game series involving the New York Yankees would be great news for FOX. At this point FOX would probably gladly settle for a six game series. There hasn’t been a series even that long since 2003, the last time the Yankees were in the World Series.
Bedeviled by rain delays (and the Tampa Bay Rays), the 2008 World Series had the lowest average viewership ever (13.6 million). Barring a 4 game sweep plus something else extraordinary, the 2009 World Series featuring the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies should easily beat those ratings. The last time the Yankees were in the World Series (2003) the average viewership topped 20 million. I think a seven game series this year could test the 20 million level. Anything shorter than seven games and I think that 17 million average looks like a reasonable target.
In this century, for World Series average viewership to break 20 million, it requires the Yankees or the Red Sox. Although in 2000, even the Yankees couldn’t pull an all NY matchup above 20 million.
Full World Series Ratings Data, 1968-2008:
|2008||FOX||5||8.4||14||13,635,000||Tampa Bay Rays/Philadelphia Phillies|
|2007||FOX||4||10.6||18||11,994,000||17,123,000||Boston Red Sox / Colorado Rockies|
|2006||FOX||5||10.1||17||11,282,000||15,812,000||St. Louis Cardinals /Detroit Tigers|
|2005||FOX||4||11.1||19||12,272,000||17,162,000||Chicago White Sox/Houston Astros|
|2004||FOX||4||15.8||26||17,270,000||25,390,000||Boston Red Sox/St. Louis Cardinals|
|2003||FOX||6||12.8||22||13,834,000||20,142,000||Florida Marlins / NY Yankees|
|2002||FOX||7||11.9||20||12,645,000||19,261,000||Anahiem Angels/San Francisco Giants|
|2001||FOX||7||15.7||26||16,519,000||24,528,000||Arizona Diamnondbacks / NY Yankees|
|2000||FOX||5||12.4||21||12,657,000||18,081,000||NY Yankees / NY Mets|
|1999||NBC||4||16.0||26||16,105,000||23,731,000||NY Yankees / Atlanta Braves|
|1998||FOX||4||14.1||24||14,050,000||20,340,000||NY Yankees / San Diego Padres|
|1997||NBC||7||16.7||29||16,410,000||24,790,000||Florida Marlins / Cleveland Indians|
|1996||FOX||6||17.4||29||16,890,000||25,220,000||NY Yankees / Atlanta Braves|
|1995||ABC||6||19.5||33||18,710,000||28,970,000||Atlanta Braves / Cleveland Indians|
|1993||CBS||6||17.3||30||16,330,000||24,700,000||Toronto Blue Jays / Philadelphia Phillies|
|1992||CBS||6||20.2||34||18,820,000||30,010,000||Toronto Blue Jays / Atlanta Braves|
|1991||CBS||7||24.0||39||22,060,000||35,680,000||Minnesota Twins / Atlanta Braves|
|1990||CBS||4||20.8||36||19,320,000||30,240,000||Cincinnati Reds / Oakland Athletics|
|1989||ABC||4||16.4||29||15,090,000||24,550,000||Oakland Athletics / San Francisco Giants|
|1988||NBC||5||23.9||39||21,610,000||34,490,000||Los Angeles Dodgers / Oakland Athletics|
|1987||ABC||7||24.0||41||21,230,000||35,340,000||Minnesota Twins / St. Louis Cardinals|
|1986||NBC||7||28.6||46||23,640,000||36,370,000||New York Mets / Boston Red Sox|
|1985||ABC||7||25.3||39||21,740,000||34,510,000||Kansas City Royals / St. Louis Cardinals|
|1984||NBC||5||22.9||40||19,270,000||28,010,000||Detroit Tigers / San Diego Padres|
|1983||ABC||5||23.3||41||19,570,000||29,540,000||Baltimore Orioles / Philadelphia Phillies|
|1982||NBC||7||27.9||49||23,370,000||38,070,000||St. Louis Cardinals / Milwaukee Brewers|
|1981||ABC||6||30.0||49||24,480,000||41,370,000||Los Angeles Dodgers / NY Yankees|
|1980||NBC||6||32.8||56||25,380,000||42,300,000||Philadelphia Phillies / Kansas City Royals|
|1979||ABC||7||28.5||50||21,730,000||37,960,000||Pittsburgh Pirates / Baltimore Orioles|
|1978||NBC||6||32.8||56||24,450,000||44,278,950||NY Yankees / Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1977||ABC||6||29.8||53||21,720,000||37,150,000||NY Yankees / Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1976||NBC||4||27.5||48||19,580,000||34,720,000||Cincinnati Reds / NY Yankees|
|1975||NBC||7||28.7||52||19,980,000||35,960,000||Cincinnati Reds / Boston Red Sox|
|1974||NBC||5||25.6||46||17,540,000||29,080,000||Oakland Athletics / Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1973||NBC||7||30.7||57||20,320,000||34,750,000||Oakland Athletics / NY Mets|
|1972||NBC||7||27.5||58||NA||NA||Oakland Athletics / Cincinnati Reds|
|1971||NBC||7||24.2||59||NA||NA||Pittsburgh Pirates / Baltimore Orioles|
|1970||NBC||5||19.4||53||NA||NA||Baltimore Orioles / Cincinnati Reds|
|1969||NBC||5||22.4||58||NA||NA||NY Mets / Baltimore Orioles|
|1968||NBC||7||22.8||57||NA||NA||Detroit Tigers / St. Louis Cardinals|
*While there were six telecasts for the 2008 series, there were only five games. The sixth telecast was the completion of game five which was suspended due to rain.
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