Guess The World Series TV Viewership (Poll) + Historical World Series Ratings

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October 23rd, 2013

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The 2013 World Series matchup is set between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox.

2012's World Series sweep by the San Francisco Giants of the Detroit Tigers was the lowest rated (in terms of household ratings) and least viewed (in terms of average viewership) World Series going back to at least 1968 (and likely much longer ago), even lower than the rain plagued 2008 series. The fact that the series went just four games had Giants fans cheering (Go Giants!), and Fox weeping (No game 5, 6 or 7 ratings!).

2011's St. Louis v. Texas World Series did far better, not necessarily because of the teams involved, but because it went seven games. Every potential Series ending game drives up the numbers, and replaces much lower rated entertainment programming on Fox.

Here's your chance to guess the average viewership** for the 2013 World Series.

Since the longer the Series goes, the higher the viewership and ratings rise, to keep the guessing comparable, make your average viewership guess assuming a 5 game Series (the average World Series length in the last 10 years was 5.1 games).

What's your guess?

World Series Ratings Data, 1968-2012:

Year Net #Telecasts rating Share Homes Viewers Teams
2012 FOX 4 7.6 12 12,700,000 Detroit Tigers/San Francisco Giants
2011 FOX 7 10.0 16 16,600,000 Texas Rangers/ St. Louis Cardinals
2010 FOX 5 8.4 14 14,300,000 Texas Rangers/San Francisco Giants
2009 FOX 6 11.7 19 19,400,000 New York Yankees / Philadelphia Phillies
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
1994 Baseball Strike
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.

**Of course average viewership means nothing to advertising revenue, but like most historical ratings data, we lack historical demo group ratings for comparison.

Copyright © 2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • s0303

    @tom…baseball is definitely on the decline…i wonder what the nfl was getting 20-30 years ago…my guess it’s doing much better today…

  • aj

    decline and dying are too different. Sure the rating are lower than 20 years ago, but over 70 million went to an mlb game this year. Tv ratings are not indicitave of a sports popularity. Mlb is by far the second most popular sport, most fans like their team over the league, where as football and nba fans root for the league and their team.

  • tv_viewer

    The poll question did presume that the World Series would last 5 games. I’m going with 15 million viewers since the 2010 World Series was the last one that went exactly 5 games. One east coast team (Boston Red Sox) should make more viewers watch than a World Series involving a west coast team (SF Giants) and a southern team (Texas Rangers).

  • Antonio

    Should be exciteing!!! 8pm on FOX

  • aj

    lets go cards!

  • jp

    it would nice to get 17 million, but it’ll be similar to 2004 (15.8 mil). Two cities where baseball is king should make this a good watch.

  • aj

    with a 5-0 score, unless it gets close soon it will be about 15 million

  • KC

    I’m thinking that the viewers are down because Joe “Suck” and Tim McCarver are terrible… LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE, FOX… GET NEW ANNOUNCERS!

  • AppleStinx

    Who is up 5-0? Never mind.

  • theo

    I believe some of the ratings drop is because tim mccarver is horrible. most people i know turn off the volume and put on the radio. he is extremely annoying and arrogant and shows very little insight. his calls on pitch type are usually wrong, he calls players by the wrong name, he never gives useful stats that arent common knowledge, he favors certain teams. there is even a FB page dedicated to getting him fired.

  • Tom

    MaCarver retires after the series

  • Tommy

    The strike killed baseball.

  • aj

    @ tommy @ 70 million people went to an mlb game last year. i guess baseball is dead huh?

  • hanp

    Is 70 million people unique or its the total attendance. If its the latter then most will be repeat in attending.

  • aj

    total, still i assume that has 30-40 million unique people. still bigger than nba and nfl combined.

    That being said, bad game 1 = less than stellar ratings.

  • aj

    Nhl i mean, not nfl.

  • Benz

    @ Tom: How can a league with the same teams that get into the playoffs have parity over a league that has 16 teams that have a chance of getting to the Finals every year. Every now and then the NBA will have a dominant team that gets to the showcase everytime but with baseball I swear their teams have been in the postseason picture every year since 1994.

    That’s why baseball’s popularity has declined too many boring teams and not enough parity.

  • Benz

    @ KC: KC brings up a great point here there’s also been a lot of problems that FOX’s coverage is too boring and they should use a new announcing team. FOX is a huge reason why baseball has been on the decline nationally. It’s more of a local sport now.

    People love Doc and Eddy for the NHL on NBC deal which is turning to a steal of a deal for the NHL.

    NBA on ABC still isn’t very good either but they made some huge adjustments from the time they started to now to make their coverage more watchable.

    To me baseball should’ve never resigned that contract deal with FOX, they should’ve went to NBC which probably would’ve helped baseball get back on track nationally.

  • Tom

    @ Benz
    Only 1 year since 1979 has neither team in the Nba finals consisted of Lakers, Celtics, Heat, Spurs, Rockets

  • Tom

    @ Benz
    Only 1 year since 1979 has neither team in the Nba finals consisted of Lakers, Celtics, Heat, Spurs, Rockets

    Forgot the Bulls

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