Wednesday’s Mashup: Red Sox-Dodgers World Series earned third-lowest ratings on record

Lucy Burdge
October 31, 2018 - 8:01 am

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NHL: Chicago at Vancouver, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)


-- The final ratings for this year’s World Series are in and the Red Sox-Dodgers matchup did not bring in a historically great viewership.

In fact, the ratings are the third worst in history, behind the 2014 and 2012 World Series.’

According to Sports Media Watch, the five-game Series “averaged an 8.3 rating and 14.13 million viewers on FOX, down 22% in ratings and 25% in viewership from Astros-Dodgers last year (10.7, 18.91M) and down 37% and 40% respectively from Cubs-Indians in 2016 (13.1, 23.40M), both of which went seven games.”

Viewership declined 14% from last year (16.40M) and 27% from 2016 (19.29M).

Sports Media Watch reports, “The FOX-only audience ranks as the fourth-smallest in World Series history, ahead of 2014, 2012 (12.7M) and 2008 (Phillies-Rays: 13.6M). The combined average across all Fox platforms was not immediately available.”

Game 5 earned a final 10.0 rating which was higher than that of the 8.2, 8.1, 7.9 and 7.9 ratings for the first four games, respectively.

-- Bill Simmons thinks the Red Sox have had so much success recently that it’s time for Boston fans to retire an iconic chant.

In the most recent episode of his Bill Simmons Podcast, Simmons said he believes it is time to retire the “Yankees Suck!” chant.

“The one thing that’s happened with the Red Sox that I don’t like – other than “Sweet Caroline” which is just an abomination in the eighth inning, I just can’t stand that they do that – but the “Yankees suck” chants that were happening at Fenway and then even happening [in Los Angeles], it’s like, ‘What are we doing?’ We’ve won four World Series’ now this century, [the Yankees have] won one,” he explained to Sal Iacono. “Why are we even letting the Yankees think we’re thinking about them at this point? We’ve transcended them.”

To which Iacono responded, “Oh, wow, shots fired.”

“Shots fired? Four World Series’ to one this century,” Simmons said. “Congrats, you were better in the 20th century. I’m about now, Sal. It’s 2018.”

Iacono is a Mets fan so he probably doesn’t hate the chant. At least, he was a fan of the Red Sox crowd chanting it during Game 5 of the World Series against the Dodgers.

“I thought it was like Rocky IV,” Iacono said. “Everybody came together at the end. It was like we have a common enemy.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t know. You’d have to talk to Ian Rapoport on that. I’m not really sure where that’s coming from.” -- Bill Belichick, on OMF, on the report that Josh Gordon was late last week and was supposed to face discipline by missing the start of Monday night’s game