October 28, 2015

SKEDBALL: World Series Game 1

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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World Series Game 1 on FOX (New York Mets at Kansas City Royals 10.27.2015) averaged a 4.6 adult 18-49 rating and 15.3 million viewers 2+ in the fast nationals for the prime time portion of the game.  Of course, last night’s game went well beyond 11 pm ET: a 14 inning affair that lasted over 5 hours (the longest Game 1 in World Series history and one of the longest World Series games overall).  Unless a west coast team is playing, World Series ratings do not usually change much from the fast nationals to the official nationals.  But given the very long duration of the telecast, it is hard to predict the official nationals.  But if we assume the fast nationals basically hold, Game 1 of Mets-Royals would be somewhat above the average since 2006 and way above last year’s record low for Giants-Royals.

Click here for final national numbers and quarter hour ratings for Game 1 2015.

MLB World Series Game 1 Track Full Demos 2006 to 2014

Note: the average Game 1 duration between 2006 and 2014 was 3 hours 26 minutes, with 2006 the shortest at 2 hours 59 minutes and 2010 the longest over that period at 3 hours 43 minutes.


Cumulative Track.  Historically, Game 1 ratings are a very good indication of where the Series will end up if it goes 4 or 5 games.  For just about every demographic group, the Game 1 rating is very close to the averages of games 1-4 or games 1-5.  The series averages tick up in the rarer instances of a Game 6 (four times in the last nine years) or Game 7 (twice in the last nine years).  Note the dip in the averages for the games 1-3 segment, as game 3 usually has fallen on the dreaded Saturday night and more recently Friday.

MLB World Series Cumulative Game Averages 2006 to 2014


About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.