Friday, October 24, 2008
Well the optimism that FOX and MLB had after an okay Game One in the ratings, have to be cringing after getting today's Game Two numbers. FOX earned a 9.2 overnight, which was a 26.4% decrease from last year, and was also down 26.4% from Game Two in 2006. It also makes the game the second lowest rated World Series game ever. Via TV By The Numbers....
New York - Up against major network competition 26% higher than the night before, Game 2 of the 2008 WORLD SERIES delivered an 8.1/13 (12.8 million viewers) last night on FOX according to fast national ratings released today by Nielsen Media Research. Game 2 provided FOX with its best Thursday night in 28 weeks (April 10) among households, viewers, and adults 18-49, while Game 1 delivered FOX its best Wednesday in 22 weeks.Well at least they're trying to stay positive, and if the Series extends to six or seven games they should be good. There is one other thing that could really hurt the network and that's the threat of rain running up the East Coast. If there isn't a game this weekend, and there's a three to four day period without a game, then they're really in trouble. Long Series or not.
“Game 2 came through to give FOX its best Thursday night rating in seven months, and that comes off Game 1 earning us our best Wednesday night in more than five months,” said FOX Sports president Ed Goren. “Now with the series tied at a game apiece, we’re looking forward to interest building as the games continue and the drama unfolds.”
FYI- Game Two last night was the second lowest rated
World Series Game 2 Ratings Detail; Through Two Games Down 19% vs. 2007 (TV By The Numbers)