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INDIANS GAME 3 WIN OVER CUBS IS BEST METERED MARKET RATING FOR A WORLD SERIES GAME 3 SINCE 2005
Chicago, IL - Playing host to its first World Series game in 71 years, Wrigley Field served as the stage for Friday night's Game 3 as the visiting Cleveland Indians notched a close 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Last night's contest scored a 12.4/22 overnight rating/share according to Nielsen Media Research, the best metered market rating for a World Series Game 3 since 2005's extra-inning game between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros (13.1/23), which aired on a Tuesday night.
World Series Game 3 is up +36% over last year (vs. 9.1/16; Kansas City Royals vs. New York Mets) and up +53% over 2014 (vs. 8.1/13; Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants). In primetime (8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET), FOX averaged an 11.9/21, its best performance for a Friday night since 2011's World Series Game 7.
In a tension-filled 9th inning that saw the Cubs get the potential tying and game-winning runners on-base amplified the viewing interest of the country as World Series Game 3 peaked with a 15.7/30 just after 11:30 PM ET, shortly after the final out was recorded.
Through three games, the 2016 World Series is averaging a 12.1/21 in the metered markets, which is up +25% over last year (vs. 9.7/17), +46% over 2014 (vs. 8.3/14) and ranks as the best average for the World Series since 2009 (vs. 12.7/21).
Cleveland led all markets by delivering a 39.2/60 overnight rating/share with Chicago posting a strong 35.1/57.
Fast Nationals have been ordered for last night's Game 3 and will be made available later today.
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INDIANS VS. CUBS GAME 3 IS MOST-WATCHED
WORLD SERIES GAME 3 SINCE 2004
FOX Projects To Win The Night In Primetime Among Households
& Key Male Demos
Chicago, IL - The hits keep coming. Friday night's World Series Game 3 posted 19.4 million viewers for FOX Sports to rank as the most-watched World Series Game 3 since 2004 (24.4 million viewers), according to fast national figures released by Nielsen Media Research. Last night's 19.4 million viewers is up +47% over last year's World Series Game 3 (vs.13.2 million viewers). Combined with FOX Deportes (300,000 viewers) and FOX Sports Go (102,882 average minute audience), Game 3 delivered 19.78 million viewers, surpassing a combined audience of 19.77 million viewers for Game 1.
FOX delivered a fast national rating/share of 11.0/20, which is up +39% over last year (vs. 7.9/15). FOX Sports' 19.4 million viewers for Game 3 is the most-watched baseball telecast of any kind since 2014's World Series Game 7 (23.5 million viewers).
In the male demos, FOX saw healthy increases for Friday night's game over last year in M12-17 (+59%; 2.7 vs. 1.7), M18-34 (+84%; 4.6 vs. 2.5), M18-49 (+55%; 6.2 vs. 4.0), and M25-54 (+44%; 7.5 vs. 5.2). In A18-49, last night's Game 3 is up +63% compared to last year (5.2 vs. 3.2).
Last night's telecast opened with a 7.5/15 and 12.6 million viewers and grew steadily throughout the evening to peak at a 14.2/28 and 24.5 million viewers from 11:30 PM - 11:41 PM ET.
FOX Deportes averaged a .2 household rating and 300,000 total viewers, which ranks as the most-watched World Series game on Spanish-language television since Game 7 of the 2014 World Series (Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants).
FOX Sports and FOX Deportes provide exclusive television coverage of World Series Game 4 between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs tonight beginning at 7:00 PM ET with a live pregame show from historic Wrigley Field in Chicago on FS1.