TV Ratings for World Series Equal Record Low

Television ratings for this year’s World Series equaled the lowest ever.

The San Francisco Giants’ five-game victory over the Texas Rangers averaged an 8.4 rating and 14 share. That matches the record low of the 2008 Phillies-Rays World Series, which also went five games, with the decisive game suspended then completed two days later because of rain.

The average rating was down 28% from the 11.7/19 for last year’s Yankees-Phillies series.

The Giants’ 3-1 win Monday night on Fox earned an 8.8/14.

San Francisco averaged a 35.3/61 for the series, while Dallas had a 30.9/48.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with TVs tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time. (AP)

Later, I learned about President Obama’s call to the team from the White House.

President Obama called members of the San Francisco Giants organization. He congratulated the management, owners and the team on winning the World Series and noted that he remembered the excitement he felt when the White Sox broke their World Series dry spell. The President said he enjoyed watching the game and congratulated the whole organization, including the pitching staff and young stars Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey for their composure under pressure. The President also mentioned that he wanted to find out if there really was magic in closer Brian Wilson’s beard. The Giants invited the President to a home game and the President said he looked forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House.

Monday night’s win is a big deal to my family. My mother loves them. A few years back I bought her tickets to a home game so she could watch Barry Bonds in action. (All steroid allegations aside) my parents witnessed homerun 701. And I was very happy I could provide that opportunity for them.

 San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum throws during ... AP

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