KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Mets' marathon loss to the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series averaged 9.0 percent of homes and 14.9 million viewers on Fox, according to preliminary national figures from Nielsen.

It was the highest-rated Series opener since 2009, when the Yankees hosted the Phillies and averaged 11.9 percent of homes.

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Fox said the first nine innings of the 14-inning game averaged 15.2 million viewers and dropped only modestly from there to 14.4 million during the five extra innings.

Horizon Media reported that the median age for World Series viewers was 52.7, compared to 36.0 for TNT's season-opening NBA coverage.

Local ratings for Game 1 were enormous, including 57.3 percent of homes in Kansas City, the highest such figure for a local market for Game 1 since at least 1996. In New York, the average rating was 26.2, a huge turnout for the nation's largest media market.