Series Ratings Abysmal
The ratings for the Phillies-Rays World Series were expected to reach an all-time low -- and they did. The five-game Series set a record with an 8.4 rating and 14 share -- down 17 percent from the previous low (a 10.1 for the 2006 Tigers-Cardinals Series). A long rain delay and a suspended game didn't help.
From the Associated Press:
"This World Series got off to a solid start last week and was poised to build momentum as we expected it to," Fox Sports president Ed Goren said. "The rain delay on Saturday and suspended game on Monday, combined with only going five games, obviously worked against the Series reaching its maximum viewership potential, but even with that, FOX was No. 1 most nights, posted some of its best nights in many weeks and was No. 1 last week in prime time."
Game 5 was the first suspended game in World Series history, starting Monday and concluding two days later. The final innings Wednesday earned an 11.9/18, and the entire game averaged a 9.6/14, the highest of the Series.
Game 3, which didn't start until after 10 p.m. on the East Coast on Saturday because of rain, received a record-low 6.1 rating.
"We had a very good rating (Wednesday)," MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said. "There's no question that if the Series had gone further, the ratings would have gone up."
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