World Series Game 7 Early Ratings Are Best in MLB Since 2001

The 25.2 Nielsen number is 66 percent better than 2014’s comparable contest

Cubs win! Cubs win! And Fox ain’t no loser itself.

Game 7 of the 2016 World Series put up a big 25.2 overnight TV rating for the Fox broadcast channel, the best for a Major League Baseball game since 2001. That very preliminary Nielsen number is 66 percent better than the last Fall Classic Game 7 in 2014.

Wednesday’s instant classic contest ran way past primetime’s 11 p.m. ET cutoff, finally ending at 12:47 a.m. ET. The Chicago Cubs needed 10 innings and a 17-minute rain delay to finally defeat the scrappy Cleveland Indians, 8-7.

The 2001 game also had a thrilling finish — a heartbreaking one for New York Yankees fans. Arizona Diamondbacks player Luis Gonzalez won the whole thing with a bloop single into center field. That was the second run given up in the ninth inning by formerly invincible closer Mariano Rivera.

The 15-years-ago clincher finished 3-2, as did the 2014 version, which saw the San Francisco Giants knock off the Kansas City Royals. Madison Bumgarner was the big hero that evening.

Final viewership numbers for 2016’s Game 7 — and the entire World Series — will be available later today. Expect huge figures.