Tuesday’s lame performance by the Royals yielded ratings unfit for a king.
The visiting San Francisco Giants routed the Kansas City Royals last night on Fox, 7-1, delivering the lowest-rated World Series opening game ever per the 56 metered markets, with an 8.0 rating/13 share. It was not, however, the lowest-rated World Series game ever. That undesirable distinction goes to 2008’s Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies Game 3, which managed just a 7.0.
For a better comparison, last year’s first game, between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, received a 9.4/16.
The small market of Kansas City surely didn’t help matters on Tuesday night, but
Initial tune-in (8 p.m. to 8:30) numbers were close to Game 1 in 2012 — the last time San Francisco played in the World Series — pulling a 7.3 in the measured households. Game 1 in 2012 had a slightly higher 7.5 metered market rating.
But the contest last night peaked early, as the Royals appeared to have a third-inning rally going around 9 to 9:30. The most competitive World Series games tends to hit a mark at or after 11 p.m.
Fox is touting an overall primetime projected average of 8.4/14, which would be the network’s top Tuesday night since February 2012.
Here are the local market numbers for the two teams in the fall classic:
San Francisco: 29.3/50
Kansas City: 48.2/68
Timezone adjust fast national ratings numbers are expected around 4 p.m. ET.