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Mets-Royals World Series finale draws best ratings for Game 5 since Yankees-Marlins in 2003

Fans cheer during the sixth inning of Game

Fans cheer during the sixth inning of Game 5 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 at Citi Field. Photo Credit: AP / Charlie Riedel

Game 5 of the World Series averaged 17.2 million viewers on Fox Sunday night, making it the most-viewed Game 5 since the Yankee-Marlins Series of 2003, Fox said.

The game faced stiff competition from the Packers-Broncos game on NBC, which averaged 23.0 million viewers.

An average of 10 percent of homes nationally tuned in to baseball, topped by Kansas City with a whopping 60 percent and New York at 25.5. The local rating for Kansas City was the most for any Series game since the 62.3 in the Phoenix area for Game 7 of the 2001 Series between the Yankees and Diamondbacks.

The ratings for both the NLCS and World Series failed to live up to their potentials because of their short durations -- four games for Mets-Cubs and five for Mets-Royals.

Through five games the World Series drew the best ratings since the 2009 Yankees-Phillies series. The 2015 Series averaged 8.7 percent of homes and 14.7 million viewers.

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