World Series TV Ratings: Game 4 Overnight Down Slightly, But Hits Series-High


As should be no surprise, the Sunday night Game 4 of the World Series hit a series-high in overnight ratings.

Game 4 of the Red Sox/Cardinals World Series drew a 10.5 overnight rating on FOX Sunday night, down a tick from the clinching Giants/Tigers Game 4 last year (10.6), but up 4% from Cardinals/Rangers Game 4 in 2011 (10.1).

The 10.5 is the highest overnight of the World Series, topping the previous mark of 9.5 for Game 2. So far, final ratings for the World Series have declined between 9% and 14% from the overnight — putting Sunday’s Game 4 on pace to finish in the 9.0-9.6 range.

The last time the Red Sox played in the World Series (2007), Game 4 against the Rockies drew a 14.3 overnight. The last time the Red Sox and Cardinals played (2004), Game 4 drew a 19.7. Keep in mind both of those were series-clinching games.

Sunday’s Game 4 edged the Packers/Vikings “Sunday Night Football” game on NBC head-to-head (10.5 to 10.3). This marks the second time that the World Series has outdrawn “Sunday Night Football” head-to-head since the NFL resumed scheduling games opposite the event in 2010.

(Sunday’s overnight from MLB_PR verified Twitter account, additional information from Sherman Report)