Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night averaged 23.6 million viewers on Fox, making it the most-watched Game 5 since 1997 and the most-watched baseball game of any kind since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series between the Rangers and Cardinals averaged 25.4 million.
Those figures were even more impressive given the competition on NBC, where the Eagles and ratings-friendly Cowboys played a close game but finished well behind baseball, averaging 18 million viewers.
The Royals’ Series-clinching victory over the Mets last season in Game 5 averaged 17.2 million.
Through five games the Cubs-Indians series is averaging 19.3 million viewers, and with a huge audience expected to tune in for Game 6 Tuesday night — and with no NFL competition — the current series is certain to become the most-viewed World Series since 2004, when the Red Sox ended their long title drought. That series averaged 25.4 million viewers even though the Red Sox swept the Cardinals.