World Series Television Ratings

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present comprehensive analysis of World Series television ratings as compiled by Nielsen Media Research, broadcast network data, and shares for every Major League World Series where data is available (since 1968).

''I don't have any reaction right now. I'm going to study them over the weekend, and I'll have a comment next week.'' - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (when asked about the 2000 World Series ratings)
World Series Television Ratings

Television Analysis & Ratings Breakdown

1968 NBC

22.8

57

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1969 NBC

22.4

58

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1970

NBC

19.4

53

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1971

NBC

24.2

59

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1972

NBC

27.5

58

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1973

NBC

30.7

57

34,750,000

1974

NBC

25.6

47

29,080,000

1975

NBC

29.0

53

35,960,000

1976

NBC

27.7

48

34,720,000

1977

ABC

29.9

52

37,150,000

1978

NBC

32.7

56

44,278,950

1979

ABC

28.0

51

37,960,000

1980 NBC

32.8

56

42,300,000

1981 ABC

30.0

49

41,370,000

1982 NBC

28.0

49

38,070,000

1983 ABC

23.3

41

29,540,000

1984 NBC

22.9

40

28,010,000

1985 ABC

25.3

39

34,510,000

1986 NBC

28.6

46

36,370,000

1987 ABC

24.0

41

35,340,000

1988 NBC

23.9

39

34,490,000

1989 ABC

16.4

30

24,550,000

1990

CBS

20.8

36

30,240,000

1991

CBS

24.0

39

35,680,000

1992

CBS

20.2

34

30,010,000

1993

CBS

17.3

30

24,700,000

1994

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1995

ABC / NBC

19.5

33

28,970,000

1996

FOX

17.4

29

25,220,000

1997

NBC

16.8

29

24,790,000

1998

FOX

14.1

24

20,340,000

1999

NBC

16.0

26

23,731,000

2000 FOX

12.4

21

18,081,000

2001 FOX

15.7

25

24,528,000

2002 FOX

11.9

20

19,261,000

2003 FOX

13.9

25

20,142,000

2004 FOX

15.8

25

25,390,000

2005 FOX

11.1

19

17,162,000

2006 FOX

10.1

17

15,812,000

2007 FOX

10.6

18

17,123,000

2008 FOX

8.4

14

13,635,000

2009 FOX -- -- --
2010 FOX

--

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World Series TV Ratings


The year after Fox Sports signed a long term contract (through 2010) they were greeted with the ratings during the 2000 World Series. Fox Sports President Ed Goren said, "There's no question the viewership never built. Normally, through a Series, it builds from game one to a game two, from a game two to a game three. We would have liked to have seen higher numbers, but they are respectable in today's world."

The Associated Press defines a"rating" as the percentage of TV households in the United States watching a broadcast and each national point represents 1,114,000 homes in 2006 (each year the number changes: in 2003 it was 1,084,000; in 2002 it was 1,067,000; in 2001 it was 1,055,000; in 1999 it was 1,008,000). A "share" is the percentage watching a program among those households with televisions on at the time.

Did you know that during the 2000 Subway Series, 61% of the televisions in New York watched Game 5? Did you know that the next thirty largest television markets, during that same exact viewing period, registered double digit percentage losses compared to the market in New York City?