Game 7 of the World Series was a blowout for FOX Sports on Wednesday, marking the second Game 7 in the Fall Classic since 2002, and reeling in a Series-high 13.7/23 with 23.5 million viewers tuning in, according to Nielsen. That is up 69% in rating and 76% in audience compared to Game 6. The contest was also up 22% in rating and 23% in audience over last year’s Series-clinching Game 6. FOX Deportes’ telecast of Game 7 was the most-watched MLB game ever in the network’s history with 373,000 total viewers, up 90% from Game 7 in 2011. Overall, the seven games of the Series averaged an 8.2/14 with 13.8 million viewers.
Meanwhile, here are TiVo’s Top 5 Moments from the 2014 World Series:
1. Game 7: 11:21pm – As the tying run stood ninety feet away from home plate, Madison Bumgarner threw his 185th pitch in four days, inducing Perez to pop out to Sandoval for the final out of the series.
2. Game 7: 11:18pm – What should have been a routine single to center off the bat of Gordon gets by the centerfielder Blanco and the Royals have the tying run at third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
3. Game 4: 11:02pm – Knotted up in a 4-4 tie the Giants load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 6th and Pablo Sandoval singles over the outstretched arm of Infante to score Blanco and Posey giving the Giants their first lead since the 3rd inning.
4. Game 3: 11:25pm – With the Royals clinging to a tenuous one run lead in the bottom of the ninth and every pitch carrying the weight of game three on its stitches, Royals pitcher Greg Holland has a 1-2-3 inning, inducing Hunter Pence to hit a comebacker to the mound for the final out.
5. Game 2: 10:31pm – Omar Infante crushes a pitch from Giants rookie Hunter Strickland for a two run homer, giving the Royals a 7-2 lead, but then it got interesting. Strickland begins screaming on the mound, apparently yelling at himself, Salvador Perez who was at second for the Royals begins yelling back at Strickland as he crosses home plate. Both benches clear, order is restored and Strickland apologized the next day.
And, of course, TiVo’s Most Engaging Spots from the 2014 World Series determined by looking for spots with the biggest bump in viewership relative to the surrounding 15 minutes of programming:
1. Game 2 10:19p AT&T with James Van Der Beek spot
2. Game 5 10:25p Chevrolet with Mo’ne Davis
3. Game 6 9:52p New Line Cinema with Dumb and Dumber To
4. Game 7 10:43p FOX with Exodus: Gods and Kings
5. Game 2 9:49p Sony Pictures with Fury