Adjustments from Nielsen give the Fox telecast a robust million viewers. The game also managed a rating among adults 18-49, easily locking in the strongest a number a broadcast network has seen since premiere week. (NFL excluded.) Early indicators had Game 1, a Los Angeles Dodgers victory over the Houston Astros, sweeping the night in all key measures. It averaged a overnight rating with a 16 share of households during the coverage block. And while that early number was down from 2015's comparable showing, the 2017 opener ultimately came out on top by just more than 10,000 viewers.
There was never any real chance of Game 1 meeting the highs set by last year's opener — one that brought in million viewers and went on for a full seven-game series, culminating in a stunning 40 million viewers. It was the most-watched baseball game in 25 years , with the highest average audience in 12 years. But neither Los Angeles nor Houston seem to have the fandom or stakes like those in Chicago that propelled such interest in the Cubs finally winning their first World Series.
The clinching Game 7 victory saw a /31 metered market result for last night. Up against some strong history and the best of this Fall Classic so far, those numbers are down 25% from what Game 7 of the 2016 World Series scored. That game, on November 2 last year, saw the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians to end the Cubs’ 108-year World Series drought. Of course, last night had a drought ending of its own, with the Astros winning their first World Series in their 55-year history. If things had gone a little differently, the Dodgers would have clinched their first World Series win since 1988, alas.
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