The deciding game of this year’s World Series pulled in huge numbers for FOX in the Wednesday primetime ratings.
The network’s Game 7 broadcast won the night with over 23,013 million viewers, with a 5.6 average rating in adults 18-49.
That makes it, by a wide margin, the highest-rated and most-watched game of the 2019 series.
It finished well ahead of the 4.6 rating and 17.63 million viewer audience that last year’s World Series closer scored.
The Nationals’ title-clinching win, peaked with 27.06 million viewers from 11-11:15 PM (EDT).
Game 7 ranks as the seventh-most watched Major League Baseball game in the past 15 years, and is tied as the eighth-highest rated.
It also ranks as the top non-football sporting event of the year, topping the previous marks of 11.6 and 19.63 million for the Virginia-Texas Tech men’s college basketball national championship. The World Series has delivered the top non-football audience in three of four years, each for a Game #7.
Locally, Game #7 averaged a 42.7 rating and 63 share in Houston — down 9% from Astros-Dodgers in ’17 (47.1).
In victorious Washington D.C., it averaged a 31.8/53, the market’s highest for any MLB telecast since at least 1998. The local rating, which peaked at a 39.2/74 from 11:45 PM (EDT) through Midnight, exceeded the Capitals’ Stanley Cup Final clincher last year (25.2).