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Series ratings had nowhere to go but up

Boston Red Sox players run onto the field

Boston Red Sox players run onto the field after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series. (Oct. 30, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Baseball remains the picture of health on a regional basis, as evidenced by the 55.2 percent of homes in the Boston market that watched Game 6 of the World Series.

But on a national basis the Fall Classic is a shell of its old self, and now regularly is out-rated by the NBA Finals.

This year’s Series averaged 8.9 percent of homes and 14.9 million viewers. That is up 17 percent from 2012, but last year’s figures were the worst in history.

The last time MLB got a six-game series featuring two brand-name franchises, the Yankees and Phillies averaged 11.7 percent of homes in 2009. The Red Sox’s sweep of the Cardinals in 2004 did a 15.8.

In 1986, the Mets’ seven-game victory over the Sox averaged 28.6.          

 

Tags: MLB , Fox

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