The 2020 World Series started on Tuesday night, and the official television ratings for Game 1 between the Rays and Dodgers are in.
The numbers are historically bad. The game, an 8-3 Dodgers win, drew an average of 9.2 million viewers on FOX. That mark is well below the previous low of 9.84 million for Game 3 of the 2008 World Series between the Rays and Phillies.
Overall, the ratings were down 25 percent from last year’s Game 1 between the Nationals and Astros.
Game 1 was the third-most watched non-NFL sporting event since games returned in May, behind Saturday’s Alabama-Georgia game and Sunday night’s NLCS Game 7.
The #WorldSeries opened with its smallest audience ever Tuesday night, falling below the previous all-time low set by Phillies-Rays Game 3 in 2008.
— Down 25% from last year's Game 1
— 3rd-most watched non-NFL sporting event since cancellations in Marchhttps://t.co/UJpJfRMmb5
— Sports Media Watch (@paulsen_smw) October 21, 2020
The one positive for MLB? They aren’t the only sport going through a ratings crush, and last night’s paltry viewership still outperformed any of the six NBA Finals games this year.
Game 2 of the World Series will be tonight at 8:08 p.m. ET. FOX will once again broadcast the action.
We’ll see if more people tune in later.