World Series Seeing Its Highest TV Viewership Since 2019

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
November 3, 2021 Updated: November 3, 2021

HOUSTON—The World Series has its highest broadcast viewership since 2019—with 13.9 million tuned in during Sunday’s Game 5 alone across Fox platforms.

Atlanta’s 3–2 win over Houston on Saturday night received a 5.65 rating, 15 share and 10,511,000 viewers on Fox, the network said Tuesday.

That was up 12 percent over the roughly 9.38 million who watched Tampa Bay’s 8–7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of last year’s neutral-site World Series in Arlington, Texas. It’s also 2 percent more than the approximate 10.28 million viewers for the Astros’ 8–1 rout of Washington in Game 4 of 2019.

When taking into account Fox Deportes and people who streamed the games, Fox said there were 10,771,000 viewers for Game 4 and 13,933,000 for Game 5.

Houston’s come-from-behind 9–5 win in Game 5 on Sunday drew a 7.38 rating, 18 share and 13,644,000 viewers.

That marked a 35 percent increase over the 10.1 million for the Dodgers’ 4–2 win in Game 5 last year and a 19 percent rise over the 11.45 million viewers for the Astros’ 7–1 win in Game 5 of 2019.

The rating is the percentage of television households tuned in to a broadcast. The share is the percentage viewing a telecast among those households with TVs on at the time.