World Series Game 1 TV Ratings Tumble From '09
The network scored a 10.4 rating and 17 share in Nielsen overnight ratings of the nation's top markets for Wednesday's San Francisco-Texas Game 1, down 25 percent from the 13.8/22 pulled in 2009 for the Philadelphia-New York Yankees Game 1. The network points out that the 2010 numbers are up a percent from the 10.3/17 for the Phillies-Tampa Bay opener in 2008.
The rating is the percentage of all households tuned in to a program, while the share measures the percentage of television sets that are on at a given time.
Later in the day Thursday, the network reported that the game earned an 8.9/15 national rating and was seen in 15 million homes, making it the highest rated show of the night. FOX projects that Game 1 earned a rating that would land it in the top 10 shows of the week. The game drew a 35.9/60 in San Francisco and a 33.9/51 in Dallas.
It's worth noting, in FOX's behalf, that it is airing this year's Series without the presence of the Yankees, one of baseball's proven ratings grabbers. It's also worth noting that even if the Yankees or the Phillies, for that matter, were in the Series, the New York and Philadelphia markets would be of little value in a ratings sense, as the network's signal is not airing in homes that subscribe to Cablevision, which is locked in a two-week long carriage dispute with FOX.
FanHouse TV's Dan Graziano and Steve Phillips preview Game 2.