Fox’s World Series coverage drew its lowest viewership since 2014, but accounted for six of the week’s eight most-watched programs, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.

The Boston Red Sox five-game victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers averaged 14.354 million viewers, the least for a World Series since 2014 when the San Francisco Giants seven-game victory over the Kansas City Royals averaged 13.93 million viewers.

Viewership was comparable to the other five-game Series since then, the Royals victory over the New York Mets in 2015, which averaged 14.533 million viewers.

Viewership customarily builds the longer a Series goes on, with a Game 7 drawing large viewership.

Viewership was down 23.4 percent from the Houston Astros seven-game victory over the Dodgers in the 2017 Series, which included an average viewership of 28.287 million viewers for Game 7.

Viewership for most forms of programming has decreased, in part because of competition from streaming programs, including streams of the same programs shown on traditional television.

Boston’s title-clinching victory in Game 5 Sunday was the most-watched program between Oct. 22 and Sunday, averaging 17.634 million viewers. This was the first time in the eight-week-old NFL season NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was not the week’s most-watched program.

Each of the other Series games were the most-watched programs of their nights, while Sunday’s 12-minute World Series pregame show was third for the week, averaging 14.897 million viewers.

Fox also received a boost from its NFL coverage as it finished first in the network race for the first time in the five-week-old 2018-19 prime-time television season, topping the combined averages of second-place NBC and third-place CBS.

The 49-minute runover of Fox’s afternoon NFL coverage into prime-time Sunday averaged 24.352 million viewers. The runover is not considered a separate program, but is included in the weekly average.

Fox’s 11-minute NFL postgame show “The OT,” which followed, averaged 15.74 million viewers, second for the week.

Fox’s coverage of the Houston Texans 42-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins on “Thursday Night Football” averaged 12.093 million viewers, 10th for the week, trailing only the five World Series games and World Series pregame show, “The OT,” NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory.”

Fox averaged 13.070 million viewers for its 20 hours, 59 minutes of prime-time programming. NBC was second, averaging 6.53 million, followed by CBS, which averaged 6.49 million, and ABC, which averaged 4.2 million.

CBS and ABC both broadcast 22 hours of prime-time programming for ratings purposes and NBC 21 1/2 hours.

As it has for each week of the NFL season, ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” was the week’s most-watched cable program, with the Atlanta Falcons 23-20 victory over the New York Giants Oct. 22 averaging 10.497 million viewers, 13th overall.

Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network, averaging 2.556 million viewers. ESPN was second, averaging 2.182 million, and MSNBC third, averaging 1.5 million.

The 2018 Latin American Music Awards on Telemundo was the most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program, averaging 2.358 million viewers to finish 77th among broadcast programs. Its overall place was not available.

Telemundo was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the second consecutive week, averaging 1.4 million viewers. Univision finished second, averaging 1.29 million, followed by UniMas, which finished averaged 310,000 viewers, Estrella TV, which averaged 280,000, and Azteca America, which averaged 90,000.

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 48th consecutive week and 59th of the past 60, averaging 8.379 million viewers.

The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 8.187 million viewers.

The “CBS Evening News” averaged 5.8 million viewers. It has finished third each week since the week of Sept. 25-29, 2006.

The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were Fox’s coverage of World Series Game 5; Fox’s 11-minute NFL postgame show, “The OT”; Fox’s 12-minute pregame show for Game 5 of the World Series; NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”; Fox’s coverage of Games 1, 4, 2 and 3 of the World Series; CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory”; and Fox’s “Thursday Night Football.”

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