Ratings For Game 1 Of Dodgers-Rays World Series Reached All-Time LowOctober 22, 2020
Game 1 of the 2020 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays set an all-time low when it came to viewership.
According to Richard Deitsch of The Athletic, Tuesday’s Game 1 recorded 9.2 million viewers on FOX. Deitsch said this marks “the least-watched World Series game since sporting events have been measured for viewership nationally.”
Paulsen of Sports Media Watch noted that this was a 25 percent drop compared to Game 1 of last year’s World Series, featuring the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros.
The Dodgers defeated the Rays 8-3 in Game 1, but the Rays responded on Tuesday with a 6-4 win to even the series. Games 3 to 5 will run from Friday to Sunday, with Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
The major decline in ratings will come as a surprise to many. The Dodgers play in one of the biggest markets, and they have one of the largest fanbases in all of baseball. And of course, there was also no competition with the NFL, NHL or NBA on Tuesday.
Ratings for the 2020 Stanley Cup Final (Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars) and the NBA Finals (Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat) also declined compared to last year.
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But viewership remains as strong as ever for the NFL. The primetime games are consistently hitting over 10 million viewers. Monday’s Week 6 tilt between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills recorded 12.2 million viewers on FOX and the NFL Network.
The Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football broadcasts on NBC and ESPN, respectively, have also netted very high ratings for the NFL. And this is despite plenty of competition with other non-sporting primetime programs.
There are still at least three games left in the World Series. Ratings reached an all-time low on Tuesday, but there’s good reason to believe that they’ll increase noticeably as the series progresses.
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