HOUSTON – The Atlanta Braves’ 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday drew an average of 10,811,000 viewers on Fox, 17.5% more than the all-time low of 9,195,000 for Game 1 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays last year, which ended in an 8-3 victory for the Californians.
The Braves-Astros number was the second-lowest total to start a series.
Fox said Tuesday night’s game averaged 11,077,000 combined viewers for Fox, Fox Deportes for Spanish-language coverage, and Fox’s streaming apps. The game was the first game of the World Series with the most streaming views with 273,619, an increase of 82%.
Before last year, the low for a Game 1 had been the San Francisco Giants 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on October 21, 2014, seen by an average of 12,191,000 on a Tuesday night.
Last year’s series, which was played at the neutral site of Arlington, Texas, due to the pandemic, received an average television rating 32% below the previous World Series low. The six games on Fox last year averaged a 5.2 rating, a 12 percent share and 9,785,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The previous low was a 7.6, 12 percent share rating and 12,660,000 viewers for the Giants’ four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012.