Dodger’s first World Cup win since 1988 attracts 12.6 million viewers, a lot lower than final 12 months
Los Angeles Dodgers Mookie Betts # 50 safely slips past Tampa Bay Rays Mike Zunino # 10 and scores a run on a series outfield struck by Corey Seager (not pictured) at Globe Life Field in the sixth inning of the sixth game of MLB World 2020 on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers ‘first World Cup in more than three decades drew 12.6 viewers on Tuesday night, the series’ most watched game. But the ratings were much lower than last year, a consistent theme across the series.
The sixth game of the 2020 World Series between the Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays peaked at 14.3 million viewers on Fox Sports. The network collected the streaming numbers and viewership of other Fox objects and reached a total of 13.2 million viewers that evening.
By comparison, Game 6 of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals drew 15 million, while Game 7 of the series drew 23 million viewers.
The Dodgers beat the Rays 3-1 in the MLB final and won the series 4-2. Shortstop Corey Seager won the World Series Most Valuable Player Honors for the Dodgers, who have won their first World Series since 1988. It is the team’s seventh championship overall.
The Covid-19 pandemic had an impact on the World Series, which was held in Arlington, Texas, at Globe Life Field. In six games, an average of 9.7 million viewers were counted, after starting the opener with around 9.2 million viewers. The third game attracted a little over 8 million and became the least-viewed World Series game of all time – or at least since Nielsen started tracking ratings in 1968.
Consumer habits and an overabundance of sports television shows due to the pandemic have helped the decline in viewership and network shows, but MLB had no competition with the National Football League between the games and the National Basketball Association, which was already out of its bubble season, on Tuesday.