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Royals World Series Win Draws Big TV Ratings

An extra inning finish helped Game 5 of the World Series outlast, if not outdraw, its NFL competition.

Game 5 of the Royals/Mets World Series drew an 11.7 overnight rating on FOX Sunday night, up 43% from Royals/Giants last year (8.2), up 17% from Red Sox/Cardinals on a Monday night in 2013 (10.0), and the top Game 5 overnight since Yankees/Phillies in 2009 (12.8). The last Game 5 clincher, Giants/Rangers in 2010, had a 10.6.

The 11.7 overnight is easily the highest of the series, topping the previous mark of 10.5 for Game 1.

The Royals’ title-clinching win aired opposite the Packers/Broncos NFL game on NBC (14.3), but nearly all of the extra-inning portion took place after football ended. The 11.7 is the highest for the World Series opposite NBC’s Sunday Night Football in six head-to-head meetings (dating back to 2010), topping the previous high of 10.6 for Giants/Tigers Game 4 in 2012.

Overall, it is the highest for a Sunday night World Series game since Yankees/Phillies Game 4 in 2009 (15.6).

While the NFL provided stiff competition for Game 5, it also helped boost the ratings. Sunday’s game aired directly after the Seahawks/Cowboys NFL national window on FOX, while last year’s game had no such lead-in.

Read more at Sports Media Watch where this story was originally published

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