Official viewership of Fox’s coverage of Game 1 of the World Series was the lowest since the record low set in 2014, according to live-plus-same-day figures announced Wednesday by Nielsen.
The Boston Red Sox 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday averaged 13.761 million viewers. The record low was 12.19 million for the San Francisco Giants 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Oct. 21, 2014.
The official viewership was down 8.2 percent from Game 1 of the 2017 Series, a 3-1 victory by the Dodgers over the Houston Astros that averaged 14.968 million viewers.
The World Series game was the night’s most-watched program on television. The CBS action drama “NCIS” was second, averaging 11.261 million viewers, the night’s only other program to average more than 8.819 million viewers.
Viewership for most forms of programming have declined annually partially because of the growing number of people who watch programming that is streamed via the internet instead of broadcast on traditional television.
Since records began being kept in 1968, the largest audience for Game 1 of a World Series was in 1978 when NBC’s coverage of the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees averaged 43.51 million viewers in an era when viewer choices were basically limited to the three major broadcast networks.
The World Series has aired on Fox each year since 2000.
An average of 210,208 viewers watched the game on the Fox Sports Go live streaming platform, a 49.8 percent over last year’s average of 140,314. Spanish-language coverage on Fox Deportes averaged 365,000, a 4.9 percent increase over last year’s 348,000.
The total viewership from the three platforms was 14.336 million, a 7.2 percent drop from last year’s 15.456 million.