October 29, 2015

SKEDBALL: World Series Game 2 Ratings Back Down to Earth After a Game 1 to Remember

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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World Series Game Track.  Game 2 of the 2015 World Series was down about -10% from Game 1, versus the normal pattern of Game 2 ratings almost exactly matching Game 1 in various demographics on average in the past decade.  Then again, Game 2 was a rather ho-hum affair compared to the epic nature of Game 1 on Tuesday night.  In Game 2, the outcome of the ballgame was not really in doubt once Kansas City knocked Mets ace Jacob deGrom out in the 5th inning and kept piling on hits and moving runners over in key situations, as Johnny Cueto pitched a two-hit complete game gem.  Game 1, in contrast, opened with an inside the park home run (the first in the World Series since 1923 and the first by a lead-off hitter since 1903), continued with the drama of Fox Sports losing its ability to broadcast (bailed out by MLB Network’s International feed), lasted a record 14 innings, remained very close for all 308 minutes of the game, and was played against the poignant and awkward backdrop of starting pitcher Edinson Volquez unaware of what most of the audience knew (that his father passed away hours before).  Hard to match that drama.

World Series Game Track thru G2 2015


World Series Averages Games 1-2.  Through two games, the 2015 World Series is now solidly in yellow (representing average) compared to the other Series since 2006.  Yesterday, 2015 was in the light green (above average range).  One thing to watch going forward is the men 18-34 demo rating, which is starting to dip in the shades of orange (toward the red below average zone).

World Series Games 1-2 2006 to 2015


About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.