Game 1 of Dodgers-Rays World Series Drew The Smallest TV Audience In History

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Even in a pandemic, the early television ratings for this year’s World Series are absolutely terrible.

Game 1 of the Fall Classic between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays drew a record-low average of 9.2 million viewers on Fox, according to Richard Deitsch of The Athletic.

How bad is that? It represents the smallest audience for a World Series game since sports broadcasts began measuring ratings.

The previous record for the lowest viewership of a World Series contest was Game 3 of the 2008 Fall Classic, which also happened to include the Rays.

Overall, the ratings were down 25 percent from last year’s Game 1 between the Nationals and Astros.

The only positive is here is that the 9.2 million viewers Tuesday gave MLB the third-largest audience for a non-NFL sporting event since the pandemic began in March.