Lester & Big Papi Lead Red Sox & FOX to Another World Series Ratings Victory

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October 29th, 2013

World Series Game 5

via press release:



2013 Fall Classic Is Highest Rated Since 2009 & +12% Over 2012


Boston, MA – Behind another terrific pitching performance from ace Jon Lester and the big bat of David Ortiz, the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 last night in Game 5 of the 2013 World Series, taking a commanding 3-2 lead in the best of seven series and delivering FOX another prime-time victory.  Last night’s broadcast delivered a 8.9/14 national household rating with 14.4 million viewers, according to fast nationals from Nielsen Media Research. The rating for Monday night’s Game 5 increased +1% over 2011’s World Series Game 5 (8.8/14; 14.3 million viewers), and is the highest-rated Game 5 since 2009.  FOX’s prime-time average, 8.9/14, mirrored the game rating and exceeded the other major broadcast networks for the fifth time during the Series (ABC, 8.0/12; NBC, 7.4/11 and CBS, 4.3/7).


Through five games, the 2013 World Series on FOX is averaging an 8.5/14 and 14.1 million viewers, +12% over last year’s World Series (7.6/12, 12.7 million viewers), and ranks as the highest-rated World Series since the New York Yankees met the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009.


Last night’s broadcast peaked at an 11.7/19 and 18.8 million viewers at 11:00 PM ET as Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara shut down the Cardinals in the ninth.


St. Louis posted an impressive 43.8/61 to lead all markets, with Boston next (38.5/56) followed by Providence (32.1/45), Hartford (20.8/30), Kansas City (13.5/21), Memphis (12.4/17), Richmond (12.4/17), Fort Myers (12.2/18), Tampa (11.7/17) and Salt Lake City (11.2/20).


According to figures released by Nielsen SocialGuide, FOX was the No. 1 most social TV network on Monday, driven by the World Series. Twitter activity for last night’s World Series Game 5 saw impressive increases over 2011.  The game drew over 485,000 tweets (up 407% from 2011 World Series Game 5) from more than 232,000 unique authors (up 288%). According to Facebook, World Series Game 5 generated 3.7 million interactions from 2.1 million users. The Red Sox won the team buzz battle, generating 68% of the comments, likes, and posts during the game.

Coverage of Game 6 begins Wednesday, Oct. 30 on FOX Sports 1, with a special World Series edition of FOX Sports LIVE at 7:00 PM ET.  Pregame coverage turns to FOX broadcast network at 7:30 PM ET from Fenway Park in Boston, MA.

  • jay

    Hahaha laughable numbers for game 5. 14.3? You have to kidding. Where is the red sox so called popularity? This is embarrassing. I bet game 6 is lower than 2011 which was over 21 million.

  • Tom

    Wow 18.8 million peak

  • aj

    @ jay. The game 5 of that series in 2011 has 14.3 million views. This game had 14.5. Settle down bro.

  • E

    Fox has to be very disappointed with these numbers considering the teams involved. They better hit 20 million for game 6. If not, it will be a complete embarrassment.

  • jp

    I agree E. FOX must be scratching their heads wondering why this series isn’t generating a bigger number. Lets hope Cards win game 6 and then the all deciding game 7. I say 18 million for game 6 Wednesday and if there is a game 7 then 23 million viewers.

  • Edward

    I thought game 5, with the series being tied and competitive so far. Would generate close to 18 mill…….Disappointing for sure for FOX.

  • AppleStinx

    The Red Sox won game 5?? Hmmm…ok…

  • TomKH

    If there’s a game 7, it will have close to 30 million viewers. A lot of people will tune in hoping to see the Red Sox lose.

  • AppleStinx

    The Red Sox did well this season and into the playoffs because I didn’t watch any of their games. Not watching game 6 either.

  • renaado

    Dudes.. If you add those numbers and combine them with our tv numbers here in the PHILIPPINES, It could probably reach about 50 million viewers PLUS!! IN GAME 5 ONLY”” Baseball has become popular already here in the Philippines!! We have this giant screen tv’s to waych every SINGLE GAME AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GATHER! Most of them are rooting for the redsox though.. Game 5 in SOLARSPORTS Averaged about 35 million plus viewers and currently made the headline news just a while ago Yesterday afternoon (MOST OF US HERE DONT HAVE FOXSPORTS) This World Series just beat all President cup PBA Basketball matches games here LOL! Equivalent to your so called SUPERBOWL thingvor whatever it is you called there in the States. MABUHAY ANG LARONG BASEBALL :-)!!

  • renaado

    Check that(Governors Cup btw not Presidents cup).

  • AppleStinx

    I decided to check how the game was going at the top of the 7th inning. Red Sox up 6-0. Then the Cardinals score on a hit to 3rd (3rd baseman not there), then load the bases. I could watch no more. Arghh.

  • AppleStinx

    Phew! Nothing became of the loaded bases. The Red Sox won after all. Yes!

  • AppleStinx

    2013 World Series Champions! :grin:

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