World Series: Despite Close Score, Game 2 Ties Record-Low Overnight

Posted by | October 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Barring a sixth or seventh game, the 2012 World Series appears to be on track for a new record low.

Game 2 of the Tigers/Giants World Series drew an 8.8 overnight rating on FOX Thursday night, down 12% from Rangers/Cardinals Game 2 last year (10.0), and down 11% from Rangers/Giants Game 2 in 2010 (9.9).

The 8.8 is the lowest overnight ever for Game 2 of the World Series. The previous low was a 9.2 for Phillies/Rays in 2008.

In addition, the 8.8 is tied with Wednesday’s Game 1 as the lowest overnight ever for a non-Saturday World Series game. Prior to this year, the previous low was held by the previously mentioned Phillies/Rays Game 2.

One contributing factor to the record-low numbers, at least on Thursday night, was competition from “Thursday Night Football” on NFL Network. The Buccaneers/Vikings NFL game earned a 3.9 overnight.

Previous World Series games did not have to face Thursday night NFL action.

Thursday’s overnight is especially discouraging considering that the game was close. While the Giants won Game 1 with relative ease, Game 2 was tied into the seventh inning.

(Thursday’s overnight from Sports Business Daily)

  • JakeFrankie

    Detroit has some big names in Justin Verlander and Prince Feilder. Also people can’t use the excuse of “Small markets”, because they aren’t. If I’m not mistaken even the dramatic Yankees playoff games were down this postseason too. MLB keeps hitting record lows for National TV, But they do great business for Local TV ratings. I guess you could say a lot of MLB fans (not all) just enjoy watching there favorite teams and not much eles. 

    I guess you could expect the weekend games to be the same or even worse, with College Football and NFL on.