(Updated Thursday, November 2 at 4:29 p.m. ET: Final numbers for the World Series Game 7 are in, and the Fox broadcast averaged 28.2 million total viewers, down 29.5 percent from 2016’s comparable contest.)
Previously: Last night was a huge win for the Houston Astros and a pretty big one for Fox — but the earliest Nielsen numbers still show that this World Series Game 7 was way down from last year’s.
Versus 2016’s landmark Chicago Cubs victory — the Windy City North Side-team’s first since 1908 — the 2017 Commissioner’s Trophy clincher in Los Angeles sunk 25 percent in overnight TV ratings. The final 9 innings of Astros-Dodgers earned an 18.8 rating, per very preliminary data. Compare that with last year’s 25.2.
Still, it was the second-best-rated baseball game since 2004’s Game 4 between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, which pulled a 19.7 rating.
Much like 2016’s Wednesday’s deciding matchup was way up from the prior Game 7 in 2014. To be specific, the Astros party rated 24 percent higher than the three-years-ago contest between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals (a 15.2).
And this one was 15 percent better than 2011’s 16.3 for the seventh game between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.
Not surprisingly, locally, the game was enormous in Houston. The 47.1 rating in America’s eighth-largest media market is the biggest of all time. You deserve it, Space City.
Last night the Astros beat the Dodgers 5-1 after getting to L.A. starting pitcher Yu Darvish early. The nail-biter of a series resulted in the first World Series championship for the southeast Texas franchise.
For the record: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that a 2004 game was baseball’s third-highest rated.
World Series 2017: The Stars Who Bleed Dodger Blue (Photos)
Celebrity fans have turned out in spades to cheer on the Dodgers as they go up against the Houston Astros in the team's first World Series in 29 years.
Ken Jeong is a self-possessed "lifelong Dodger fan," and attended Game 1 of the World Series in Los Angeles on Tuesday night to cheer on the team and wave the flag.
Magic Johnson has been voicing his support for the Dodgers on social media all season, and attended Game 1 in person with his wife Cookie on Tuesday.
Ryan Seacrest recently relocated to New York to host co-host "Live" with Kelly Ripa, but the longtime Angeleno still roots for the Dodgers from across the country.
A Compton native, Kendrick Lamar, has shown up at several Dodgers games over the years, including throwing the ceremonial first pitch once in 2015.
Jason Bateman is such a "crazy fan for this team," that he has never agreed to throw out a first pitch, but did the prank the Arizona Diamondbacks once by throwing a pitch out in their stadium when the Dodgers were visiting.
Zac Efron has attended multiple home games wearing his L.A. hat, and the Dodgers even alerted fans that they could find themselves sitting next to the "Neighbors" star at some point.
Ron Howard is not only a massive fan of the Dodgers, he's knowledgeable too, and will talk about the team's moves when he shows up to do interviews about his movies.
From attending a plethora of games to palling around with legendary manager Tommy Lasorda, Eva Longoria is such a close friend of the Dodgers organization she even hosted a charity softball game at the stadium with first baseman (and Trump Hotel protester) Adrian Gonzalez.
Larry King is a huge Dodgers fan and not shy about his opinions of the organization's moves. Last year, he had strong thoughts about the team losing pitcher Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Alyssa Milano is such a die-hard Dodgers fan that she started an entire fashion line called Touch after not being satisfied with the official team merchandise available to her and other female fans.
George Lopez is one of the most famous Dodgers fans around and once wrote a long essay detailing exactly how and when he became a fan.
It was hard to tell who was more star-struck when Danny DeVito, wearing a #7 jersey, walked onto the field and hugged Dodgers player Nick Punto after a winning game in 2013.
"I’m a big, big Dodger fan. Have been all my life. My first Dodger game I was 5 years old," Bryan Cranston once said. In 2016, Cranston narrated the documentary entitled "Dodgermentary: The Lasorda Chronicles."