World Series Chicago Cubs Win Game 7

Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Chicago Cubs Win First World Series Title Since 1908

The curse has been lifted, Cubs fans. (Sorry, but the curse remains, Indians fans.)

In Wednesday’s incredibly dramatic Game 7 of the World Series, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-7, in 10 innings to claim their first championship since 1908. (To put that in perspective, the television hadn’t even been invented yet when the Cubs last won it all.)

It was a tense, tightly contested game throughout, with fans of both teams agonizing over the possibility of another crushing loss. (Cleveland hasn’t won a World Series since 1948, either.) The Cubs took an early 5-1 lead, sparked by a lead-off home run from Dexter Fowler. But the Tribe came all the way back in the 8th with a two-run home run by Rajai Davis, tying the game 6-6. The game went to extra innings (following an excruciating, 17-minute rain delay), but the Cubs broke the tie in the 10th with clutch RBIs from Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero. Davis singled home a run in the bottom of the 10th, but Michael Martinez grounded out to clinch the Cubs win.

With two beloved franchises battling for their first championship in more than half a century, this year’s World Series has been a ratings grand slam for Fox. Tuesday’s game was the most-watched Game 6 since 1997, with 23.4 million tuning in to see the Cubs tie the series up. The series has averaged 20 million total viewers through six games, making it the most-watched World Series since 2004, when the Boston Red Sox overcame their own curse to win the franchise’s first title since 1918.

With a high-drama, extra-innings finish, ratings for Wednesday’s Game 7 are expected to be gigantic, perhaps in the 40 million viewer range. That would push it past this year’s Oscars (34.4 million) — though still far short of the Super Bowl and (shiver) the three Trump-Clinton presidential debates.

The other networks sensed a ratings juggernaut on the way, and adjusted accordingly. Facing a Game 7, NBC pulled new episodes of Blindspot, Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D., and CBS yanked an all-new Criminal Minds, replacing them with reruns. (ABC aired the 50th Annual CMA Awards, which was scheduled back in May; The CW stuck with new episodes of Arrow and Frequency.)

Cubs fans, where you at? And how many total viewers do you think Game 7 will pull in? Make your guesses in the comments.