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WORLD SERIES GAME 5 DELIVERS MASSIVE 15.3 OVERNIGHT RATING
Cubs' 3-2 Victory Forces Game 6; Produces Largest Game 5 Rating Since 2003, Highest-Rated MLB Game Since Game 7 of 2011 World Series
Chicago - It's not over yet. Continuing a journey that has captivated the nation, the Chicago Cubs held off elimination with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in last night's Game 5 of the 2016 World Series on FOX. The nail-biting contest produced a massive 15.3/24 overnight metered market rating/share, the best for a World Series Game 5 since 2003 (15.4/23, New York Yankees-Florida Marlins) and the highest metered-market rating for a Major League Baseball game of any kind since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series (16.3/26, Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals), according to Nielsen Media Research.
World Series Game 5 was the top-rated event of the weekend and is expected to deliver FOX another victory in prime time among the broadcast networks.
Game 5 showed a +31% increase over Game 5 of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets (vs. 11.7/19), and a +87% lift over Game 5 of the 2014 World Series between the Royals and the San Francisco Giants (vs. 8.2/13).
The local markets demonstrated dominant ratings strength once again as Cleveland led all markets with a 48.6/66 for the potential clinch, the best MLB rating of any kind in the market since Game 7 of the 1997 World Series (Indians-Marlins), while Chicago posted a 42.8/60, its best rating of any kind for a baseball telecast since Game 7 of the 2003 National League Championship Series.
Fast Nationals have been ordered for last night's Game 5 and will be made available later today.
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INDIANS VS. CUBS SUNDAY NIGHT IS MOST-WATCHED WORLD SERIES
GAME 5 SINCE 1997
FOX, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO Combined To Deliver
24.1 Million Viewers
2016 World Series Is Most-Watched Since Red Sox-Cardinals In 2004
Chicago - Facing elimination, the Chicago Cubs pulled out all the stops Sunday night and lived to fight another day, beating the Cleveland Indians in front of a boisterous crowd at Wrigley Field. Last night's World Series Game 5 posted a 13.1/21 household rating/share with 23.6 million on the FOX broadcast network to rank as the most-watched World Series Game 5 since 1997's 24.2 million for the Miami Marlins and the Indians matchup, according to fast national figures released by Nielsen Media Research. FOX projects to easily win Sunday night in prime time. Combined with FOX Deportes (342,000 viewers) and FOX Sports GO (135,587 average minute audience), World Series Game 5 registered 24.1 million total viewers.
Sunday night's World Series Game 5 is the highest-rated Game 5 since 2003's 13.2/21 for the New York Yankees and Marlins and is the most-watched baseball telecast of any kind since the 2011 World Series Game 7 between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals (25.4 million viewers). Last night easily ranks as FOX's highest-rated and most-watched primetime telecast of the broadcast season.
Compared to last year's World Series Game 5 clincher between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, last night's contest is up +37% on average audience (vs. 17.2 million) and +31% in household rating (vs. 10.0/17). Sunday night is +79% better than 2014's Royals vs. San Francisco Giants Game 5 (vs. 7.3/12).
Through five games, the 2016 World Series is averaging an 11.0/19 household rating/share with 19.3 million viewers to rank as the most-watched World Series through the first five games since 2004's historic matchup between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals (25.4 million viewers for a four game sweep).
In the male demos, FOX saw significant increases for Sunday night's game over last year in M12-17 (+52%; 3.5 vs. 2.3), M18-34 (+39%; 6.4 vs. 4.6), M18-49 (+29%; 8.1 vs. 6.3), and M25-54 (+27%; 9.4 vs. 7.4). In A18-49, last night's Game 5 is up +31% (6.7 vs. 5.1).
FOX Deportes averaged 342,000 total viewers, which ranks as the most-watched World Series game on Spanish-language television since Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Sunday night's World Series Game 5 is up +16% over last year (vs. 216,000 viewers). FOX Sports GO's average minute audience of 135,587 is a new record for an authenticated event.
FOX and FOX Deportes televise World Series Game 6 between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night from Progressive Field in Cleveland with a live pregame show beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FS1.