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Game 6 of World Series Averages 21 Million Viewers

Fox’s coverage of Game 6 of the World Series averaged 21.07 million viewers, the third most for any prime-time television program this season, according to live-plus same-day figures released today by The Nielsen Co.

Only the season premiere of “Two and Half Men” (28.74 million) and the Oct. 9 “Sunday Night Football” game between the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers (22.05 million) averaged more viewers.

However, the St. Louis Cardinals 10-9 11-inning victory over the Texas Rangers was the second-lowest for a Game 6 of the World Series since game-by- game figures began being complied in 1969.

Of the the 24 Game 6s during that span, only Game 6 of the 2002 Series between the San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels averaged fewer viewers, 19.22 million. That game aired on a Saturday, the night of the week when television viewership is usually at its lowest.

Viewership for most events have fallen over the past 20 years because of increased competition from Fox and cable television and such leisure time activities as surfing the Internet, playing video games and watching home video.

Through six games, the World Series is averaging 15.04 million viewers, 5.4 percent more than the 14.27 million average for last year’s series between the San Francisco Giants and Rangers, which ended in five games.

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