Good news, bad news for World Series TV numbers
For the second consecutive night, the World Series beat the NFL in television viewers on Monday, but it's not all good news for baseball. The 2011 World Series could go down as the lowest-rated ever.
First things first. Monday night's Game 5 on Fox drew a 10 overnight rating, meaning 10 percent of the U.S. households with televisions were tuned in. That easily bested the dog Monday Night Football game between the Jaguars and Ravens. Jacksonville's 12-7 victory drew a 5.8 rating. That's the worst-rated Monday Night Football game ever and it was so low that ESPN is asking Nielsen to double-check the numbers, according to USA Today.
That followed Sunday night when Game 4 of the World Series drew a 9.2 compared to the Sunday Night Football game, which drew a 7.6 as the Saints crushed the Peyton Manning-less Colts, 62-7.
Overall, however, this year's series is running just below the television numbers from the two lowest-rated series ever -- last year's series between the Giants and Rangers and the 2008 Series between the Rays and Phillies. A seven-game series, however, could keep this year's World Series from being the lowest-rated ever.