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World Series TV rating down from 2013, up over 2012

Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante gets interviewed before the start of game three of the World Series on Friday
Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante gets interviewed before the start of game three of the World Series on Friday The Kansas City Star

SAN FRANCISCO – The World Series is averaging a 7.5 rating through three games, down 7 percent from last year but up 4 percent over San Francisco’s last appearance in 2012.

Kansas City’s 3-2 win in Game 3 received a 7.2 rating, 13 share and 12.1 million viewers, according to fast national ratings from Nielsen Media Research announced by Fox on Saturday. That was down slightly from the 7.4 for St. Louis’ 5-4 win over Boston in Game 3 last year, but up from the 6.1 for the Giants’ 2-0 victory over Detroit in 2012, which matched the record low for any Series game. The third game in both 2012 and ‘13 was on a Saturday.

Friday night’s game began with 8.4 million viewers and peaked at 14.4 million during the late stages, from 10-10:25 p.m.

Fox said its prime-time rating of 7.0 was its best on a Friday since January 2013 and the best of any network since last February.

The first three games averaged an 8.1 rating last year and a 7.2 in 2012.

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