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World Series averaged 20 million TV viewers for first six games

The Chicago Cubs celebrate after their win in

The Chicago Cubs celebrate after their win in Game 6 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Credit: AP / Matt Slocum

Game 6 of the World Series averaged 23.4 million viewers on Fox Tuesday night, down slightly from the 23.6 million who watched Game 5 on Sunday but still the most-watched Game 6 since 23.7 million watched the Indians and Marlins in 1997.

The viewership figure surely would have been higher if not for the Cubs taking an early 7-0 lead. But it was enough to push the average for the entire Series to 20 million — a figure last achieved by a World Series in 2004, when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals.

There has been intense interest in and speculation among sports media executives and journalists about the potential viewership for Game 7 on Wednesday night, with many estimates of well over 30 million, possibly approaching 40 million.

A close game would help.

New York Sports