While television scored 13,251,000 fans for prime time – down 4% from Game 2 – Fox Deportes and Fox Sports Digital celebrated increases.
Fox Deportes achieved its most-watched Game 3 in network history with 462,000 viewers, while Fox Sports Digital scored an average minute streaming audience of 176,000, up 36% over 2017’s 129,000 viewers.
PREVIOUSLY, 7:30: Clocking in at a stunning seven hours and 20 minutes with 18 innings, Game 3 of the 2018 World Series made history last night as the longest fall classic ever.
In a town that loves to go large, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-2 at home victory over the Boston Red Sox also beat the previous World Series record of most innings in a single game. With over 53,110 fans in a packed Dodger Stadium, the match-up with the leading Red Sox saw the boys in blue finally get back in the game to garner their first win of the competition so far.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 27, 2018
However, despite one dramatic turn after another on the field and Max Muncy living the dream with that walk-off homer well after midnight PT at the bottom of the 18th, the ratings for Fox did not hold out as long as the fans on Friday.
Last night’s 5 PM PT starting Game 3 of the 2018 World Series snared a 9.5/20 rating in the metered markets.
Perhaps too much of a grind for all but the most hardcore of Red Sox and Dodgers supporters, that result is down just over 4% in the early numbers from October 24’s Game 2 to hit a low for the series so far. Up against the Houston Astros’ triumph over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the 2017 World Series on October 27 of that year, last night’s match-up stumbled nearly 10% in the tally from 56 markets across the nation.
That three hour and 46-minute-long near Halloween game of last year in a series that ultimately saw Houston take home their first World Series championship ended up with a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 15.5 million viewers. The Boston-played and Red sox winning three-hour primetime Game 2 of this year delivered 13.46 million viewers with a 3.3/15 rating among the 18-49s in the final numbers for the Rupert Murdoch owned network.
We’ll update with more ratings from last night’s historic Game 3 and the rest of the primetime offerings later as they come in.
Hoping the momentum holds for the hometown boys, Game 4 starts tonight in LA just after 5 PM PT. It almost goes without saying but what the Hell – Go Dodgers!
Elsewhere in Friday ratings, the annual appearance of the animated classic It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, did well for ABC, scoring an 0.0/4 ratings share and 3.86 million viewers in the 8 PM slot. CBS’s McGyver did an 0.6/3 and 5.86 million viewers in the same period.
In the 9 PM slot, Hawaii Five-O on CBS did an 0.7/3 ratings share and 6.87 million total viewers.
Wrapping up the prime time night, Blue Bloods on CBS did an 0.7/3 and 7.79 million total viewers, crushing its competition.