Major League Baseball’s World Series ratings this 2016 are the highest since 2009 after the first two games of the championship series. The first two meetings between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs have drawn average viewers of 18.3 million.
According to the Associated Press, “the two-game average of 10.7 [rating]/19 [share] and 19.2 million is the most since 11.8/19 and 19.2 million for the Yankees-Philadelphia Series in 2009.”
Other report also states that the next games in the best-of-seven championship series could also draw huge ratings and better the first two games. The Cubs are considered one of the popular teams in baseball in the United States.
Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs MLB history
Both the Cubs and Indians are looking for their first MLB title since decades ago. Chicago won the title in 1908 and Cleveland has never won it before. The Indians also wants to follow up the Cleveland Cavaliers’ championship earlier this year in the NBA.
Cleveland’s pitchers Cody Allen, Andrew Miller and the quality bullpen took out the Cubs in Game 3 getting the shutout win on the road.
The Indians beat the Cubs, 1-0 on Friday night to grab the 2-1 series lead. Cleveland took the series opener, 6-0 and the Cubs tied the series with a 5-1 victory in Game 2.
National ratings in for WS G1: 19.4M viewers, up 30 pct from last year, up 55 pct from two years ago. Big start, as Fox and MLB hoped
— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) October 26, 2016
The update on the World Series ratings is good news for the league after years that they are overshadowed by the games from the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Fans shared their thoughts on Twitter about the Cubs-Indians series and World Series ratings:
— 🎄 John Mamola 🎄 (@JohnMamola) October 29, 2016
MLB World Series 2016 Game 4 is in Chicago on Saturday.