Fox’s broadcast of the World Series Game 7 — in which the Chicago Cubs ended a 108-year drought by edging out the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings, by a score of 8-7 — delivered 40.05 million total viewers (per finals), making it the most-watched MLB game in 25 years (since Braves/Twins Game 7, 50.3 mil) .
Versus the previous Game 7 (Giants/Royals, 2014), it was up 70 percent.
For apples/oranges-y comparison’s sake, this year’s Super Bowl delivered 112 million, while June’s NBA Finals Game 7 drew 31 million viewers.
Of those who braved going up against the big game….
THE CW | Arrow (1.63 mil/0.6) slipped 14 percent, while Frequency (930K/0.3) was steady.
CBS | Survivor (6.5 mil/1.5) was down 21 percent in the demo, while Code Black (4.4 mil/0.7) fell 30 percent (leading out of a last-minute Criminal Minds rerun) — tying NBC’s Chicago PD repeat (3.3 mil/0.7).
ABC | The CMA Awards (12.6 mil/2.9) only dropped a few eyeballs vs. 2015, while down 24 percent in the demo.