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WORLD SERIES GAME 2 POSTS 11.3 OVERNIGHT RATING, DRIVES FOX TO PRIMETIME VICTORY FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE NIGHT
Cubs' 5-1 Victory Over Indians Evens Series, Marks Highest-Rated World Series Game 2 Since 2009
Cleveland - We are knotted up at one. The Chicago Cubs' 5-1 defeat of the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the 2016 World Series on Wednesday night tied the series at a game apiece and netted an 11.3/19 overnight rating/share on FOX, according to Nielsen Media Research. Despite a one-hour accelerated start time due to an approaching weather system, the 11.3 overnight figure marks the highest-rated World Series Game 2 since 2009 (Philadelphia Phillies-New York Yankees - 13.6/22).
The overnight rating showed a +22% increase over Game 2 of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals (vs. 9.3/15) and a +28% gain over Game 2 of the 2014 World Series between the Royals and the San Francisco Giants (vs. 8.8/14).
From 8:00 PM ET to 11:00 PM ET, the game averaged a 12.3/20 rating/share, easily winning prime time among the broadcast networks for the second consecutive night and projecting to be FOX's best performance on a Wednesday night since October of 2014.
The local markets showed impressive strength once again as Cleveland led all markets with a 38.9/55 for Game 2, while Chicago posted a 35.4/52.
Fast Nationals have been ordered for last night's Game 2 and will be made available later today.
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WORLD SERIES GAME 2 DRAWS 17.8 MILLION VIEWERS FOR FOX SPORTS
Cubs-Indians Clash Attracts Largest World Series Game 2 Audience Since 2009 on FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO
Cleveland - Last night's Game 2 of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field produced an 11.3/19 rating/share and yielded a combined average of 17.8 million viewers across FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO, according to fast national figures released by Nielsen Media Research and streaming figures from Adobe Analytics, making it the highest-rated and most-watched Game 2 of the Fall Classic since 2009 (Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees, 19.2 million viewers).
The Cubs' 5-1 victory over the Indians tied the series at 1-1 and drew an average television audience of 17.4 million viewers on the FOX broadcast network, a +27% increase over last year's 13.7 million viewers for Game 2 between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. That is also a +35% gain over 2014's Game 2 between the Royals and the San Francisco Giants (12.9 million viewers).
Last night's game also showed significant double-digit ratings increases over 2015 in a number of key demographics, including a +23% increase in both the A18-49 (4.8 vs. 3.9) and M12-17 (2.7 vs. 2.2) categories, in addition to a +18% lift in the M18-49 demo (5.8 vs. 4.9).
The game averaged 278,000 viewers on FOX Deportes, a +52% increase over last year's World Series Game 2 (141,000 viewers). An additional 115,004 viewers comprised the average minute audience on FOX Sports GO, contributing to the combined total of 17.8 million viewers.
Viewership on the FOX broadcast network peaked at 20.4 million viewers between 9:00 PM - 9:15 PM ET.
Through two games, the World Series is averaging a 10.7/19 rating/share and 18.3 million viewers, a +23% increase over the same point in 2015 (vs. 8.7/16 and 14.4 million viewers) and the best two-game average since the start of the 2009 World Series (vs. 11.8/19 and 19.2 million viewers).
FOX Sports and FOX Deportes provide exclusive television coverage of World Series Game 3 on Friday night from Wrigley Field in Chicago. Live pregame coverage begins from the FOX Sports set just beyond Wrigley's centerfield bleachers at 7:00 PM ET on FS1, before moving to FOX at 7:30 PM ET.