Fox’s World Series Game 1 Coverage Hits Primetime Friday Ratings Home Run

The Phillies’ victory was the largest comeback by a National League team since 1956, drawing ratings that held steady from last year

Fox’s coverage of Game 1 of the World Series — which featured a historic comeback for the Phillies against the Houston Astros, the largest of its kind by a National League team since 1956 — hit a home run in both the key demo of 18-49 year olds, as well as viewership.

On Friday night, the network posted a ratings score more than five times the figure the week prior, jumping from “WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown” number of 0.52 to 2.75. The game also averaged 11.5 million viewers, up around two million from Game 1 last year, which saw a record-low viewership for the World Series. Ratings held steady from the year prior, which saw the World Series opener’s early demo figures at 2.3.

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