Major League Baseball is experiencing a thrilling World Series, with home runs flying out of ballparks and fans rediscovering the Grand Old Game this postseason. The NFL, however, is a league “on fire,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, with players battling owners, fans boycotting games and TV viewers tuning out.
That raises the question of whether the different states of the NFL and MLB are impacting TV viewership.
With a strong 12.8 overnight TV rating, Fox’s telecast of the Astros’ Game 5 win over the Dodgers handily beat NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” telecast of the Steelers vs. Lions, which drew a 9.4 Nielsen rating. That means Sunday night’s Game 5 numbers were 36 percent higher than the NFL’s “SNF” numbers, according to Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily.
It’s not the first time — and it won’t be the last time — the World Series beat the NFL in a head-to-head TV matchup. But it is an indicator that MLB, which typically runs a distant second to pro football in TV ratings, could be gaining ground on the mighty NFL, which has lost 18 percent of its average viewership in the past two years.
TV ratings for the Astros’ 13-12 win peaked at 14.2 from 11:30 p.m ET to 11:45 p.m. ET. The 12.8 overnight was down 16 percent from last season’s Cubs-Indians Game 5, but up 9 percent over Game 5 of Royals-Mets in 2015, and 56 percent higher than Game 5 of Giants-Royals in 2014. Meanwhile, Saturday’s Game 4 drew the best World Series TV numbers on a Saturday night since 2004.
Pacers: Oladipo, acquired with Sabonis in an offseason trade that sent All-Star guard Paul George to Oklahoma City, had led his team in scoring in the previous six games. . Third-year Cheap Dodgers Jerseys forward/center Myles Turner missed his sixth consecutive start due Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth to a concussion and sore neck, but is close to returning after completing a normal practice workout on Tuesday.