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Game 1 of World Series is a huge ratings hit in Kansas City

Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar and second baseman Ben Zobrist celebrated after Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run on the first pitch of the bottom ot the first inning during Game 1 of the World Series.
Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar and second baseman Ben Zobrist celebrated after Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run on the first pitch of the bottom ot the first inning during Game 1 of the World Series. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Royals fans tuned into last year’s World Series in large numbers, and it’s actually increased this season.

Last year’s World Series opener between the Royals and Giants had a 48.2 overnight rating. Game 1 between the Royals and Mets on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning had an overnight rating of 57.3 and a 78 share. That is about a 19 percent increase over a year ago.

That means at sometime during the game, more than three-fourths of all television sets in Kansas City were tuned into the World Series.

In New York the rating was 26.2 with a share of 43.

And the ratings across the country, the rating was a 10.5 with a share of 18. That’s an increase of 31 percent over last year’s 8.0/13. That was the best rating for a World Series opener since 2009 when the Phillies played the Yankees.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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