Friday, October 30, 2020

2020 World Series Ratings

The 2020 World Series was the lowest rated and lowest viewed Series on record. The six-game series averaged just a 5.2/12 rating/share among households, down from 8.1/16 for the Nationals/Astros series last year, and 9.785 million viewers, also down from last year (13.959 million). Additionally, Game 3 of the series was officially the lowest-rated (4.3/10) and lowest-viewed (8.156 million) World Series game of all time.

The final game did pull relatively okay numbers at 6.8/15 among households, a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating, and 12.627 million viewers. It was also the youngest-skewing game of the series with a median age of 54.8 which helped lower the series average to 56.2 - tying 2018 as the second oldest audience ever (only 2019's 56.9 was older). 

In the local markets, Los Angeles averaged a 21.2/40 rating share over the six games, including 27.5/48 for game 6 which was actually higher than any of the 2018 World Series games, and the highest for any Dodgers game since game 7 of the 2017 World Series (36.7/56). 

Tampa averaged a 15.2/29 over the six games including a 18.2/33 for game 6 which was the highest for a Rays game since the final game of the 2008 World Series (29.8/42) where the Rays lost to the Phillies.

2020
YEARTB
Rating
LA
Rating
HHA
18-49
M
18-49
M
18-34
Med.
Age
Viewers
(millions)
World Series Game 1 (Fox)14.520.05.12.43.12.256.09.195
World Series Game 2 (Fox)16.418.15.02.32.92.256.58.950
World Series Game 3 (Fox)-18.44.32.02.51.756.78.156
World Series Game 4 (Fox)-21.14.82.32.92.156.59.332
World Series Game 5 (Fox)-22.25.32.63.22.356.610.059
World Series Game 6 (Fox)18.227.56.83.44.33.154.812.627
Average15.221.25.22.53.22.356.29.785
*Chart will be updated if/when additional data becomes available for the Tampa market

World Series Historical Ratings Comparisons:
YEARHHA
18-49
M
18-49
M
18-34
Med.
Age
Viewers
(millions)
20198.13.54.22.956.913.959
20188.33.694.63.256.214.334
201710.75.026.2-55.018.714
201612.96.537.86.153.622.847
20158.64.105.13.654.614.533
20148.23.74.83.955.713.923
20138.94.255.34.754.214.984
20127.63.74.74.053.612.636
201110.04.96.15.252.616.521
20108.44.05.24.252.814.217
200911.76.27.86.550.119.334
20088.44.45.74.750.713.193
200710.65.67.05.849.917.212
200610.14.96.45.251.615.795

Source: Nielsen Media Research via Programming Insider & Fox Sports

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