via press release:
It's A Hit!Game 1 Dominates All Primetime Programming
Network Earns 15 Million Viewers To Win The Night
San Francisco, CA – Game 1 of the 2010between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers earned an 8.9/15 household/ share (15.0 million viewers) last night on FOX, allowing the network to cruise to victory as the top-rated program of the night.
Wednesday night’s broadcast ranked as the #5 program of the week-to-date in prime time broadcasts, on track to deliver ratings equal to a top ten prime time hit. Among Adults 18-49, last night’s game averaged a 4.7 rating to give FOX its best night of prime time television in this key demographic among households and average audience since the network’sfinale in May. CBS was second with a 3.0.
Compared to last year’sGame 1 (Yankees-Phillies) Wednesday night’s 8.9/15 (15.0 million viewers) is down -25% on rating (vs. 11.9/19) and down -23% on average audience (vs. 19.5 million viewers). When compared to the last non-Yankees Game 1 (Phillies-Rays, ‘08) the network is up +3% on viewership (vs. 14.6 million viewers).
The showdown between San Francisco flame-thrower Tim Lincecum and Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee opened at a 5.2/10 and built an audience nicely through the first five innings, peaking at a 10.4/16 at 9:30pm ET before the Giants blew open the game with a six-run fifth inning.
San Francisco topped all markets with a 35.9/60, a superb rating for a west coast team where the game started before 5pm local time. Dallas posted a 33.9/51 for the Rangers’ first ever appearance in the World Series.