World Series Goes to Game 7 but Scores as Third-Least Viewed

November 1, 2019, 2:45 PM UTC
John McDonnell—The Washington Post via Getty Images

This year’s World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros went the distance but finished as the third-least viewed series ever.

The series averaged 13.91 million viewers according to national numbers from Nielsen, which is down 1.3% from last year, when the Boston Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in five games (14.1 million average). The Nationals’ first title had an 8.1 overall rating and 16 market share. Including streaming, the series average is 14.01 million.

The lowest-rated series remains 2012, when the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers (12.64 million) followed by the Philadelphia Phillies win over the Tampa Bay Rays in six games (13.19 million). Wednesday’s game saved Fox from having the lowest-rated series ever as it was averaging 12.39 million over the first six games.

The Nationals 6-2 victory on Wednesday averaged 23,013,000 according to Nielsen. That’s down 18.5% from the 28.42 million average for the 2017 Game 7 between the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Wednesday’s viewership peaked at 27.1 million during the final inning (11-11:15 p.m. EDT). That’s viewership numbers are on par with the 23.52 million that watched San Francisco’s Game 7 victory Kansas City in 2014.

Fox said in a release that its postseason games on Fox and FS1 averaged 7.84 million, a 12% increase from last year. Fox and FS1 had the American League Division and Championship Series, which is traditionally the stronger viewed of the two leagues.

More must-read stories from Fortune:

China’s emotional past with the NBA sheds light on the Hong Kong crisis today
NCAA’s ruling on college athletes getting paid is still “smoke and mirrors”—Two top college basketball coaches differ on “Fair Pay for Play
—Can this taco truck roving the slopes help stave off skiing’s decline?
—Will paying student athletes save college sports—or kill the NCAA?
Follow Fortune on Flipboard to stay up-to-date on the latest news and analysis.