The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians may have played in the most-watched baseball game of the 21st Century. Game 7 between Chicago and Cleveland drew a 25.2 rating as many, many people tuned in to watch the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.
If you’re into this kind of thing, here are the numbers from Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors. Via Sports Illustrated:
ESPN said viewership peaked with 44,511,000 viewers and a 22.5 U.S. rating from 10:30 p.m.–10:40 p.m. ET. The series averaged 20,166,000 viewers and an 11.3 U.S. rating for its seven games, the most-watched NBA Finals series since 1998.
Yes, baseball beat basketball.
Some people will say that the great ratings have to do with compelling storylines and exciting close games, but the truth is people just love Cleveland sports. That’s why the NFL will never really struggle as long as the Browns exist.