Two close games to open the World Series, followed by the 3-homer heroics of Albert Pujols Saturday night in game three, propelled the World Series to a surprisingly-easy ratings triumph Sunday night over the uninteresting Saints/Colts game. Game four of the Fall Classic registered a 10.1 – which is supposedly the lowest game four rating in World Series history – while the NFL on NBC only did an 8.2.
New Orleans grabbed a 28-0 quick lead over hapless Indianapolis, and those of you who didn’t switch to Wedding Crashers on TNT for the 38th time opted for Derek Holland’s pitching gem on FOX. Game five is tonight against another horrible NFL game: Baltimore at Jacksonville. There’s also Gossip Girl, if that’s your bag. The CBS lineup – How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men – has new episodes, and should dominate the coveted 18-49 demo.
I haven’t been able to find Saturday night’s game three rating, but according to these figures, the World Series rolled over unranked Notre Dame vs. unranked USC on NBC. The Trojans jumped to a 17-0 lead and the game wasn’t very good. The ABC game, Texas Tech/Oklahoma, was delayed over 90 minutes by storms, and in its place, Stanford trounced Washington, 65-21.
The good news for MLB: This won’t be the lowest rated series ever.