World Series National Ratings Jump
NEW YORK (AP) _ Although the Atlanta Braves haven’t done much better than the San Diego Padres did last year after two games of the World Series, television ratings have improved.
NBC posted a 14.6 national average and a 24 share for the first two games, up 17 percent from last year’s 12.5/22.
Last year’s World Series was the lowest-rated ever with a 14.1.
The 1996 World Series, which also featured the Braves against the New York Yankees, earned a 14.9/24 for the first two games. However, that series was delayed one day because of rain and the games were played on Sunday and Monday.
Saturday’s Game 1 had a 14.2/26, up 15 percent from last season. Saturday night does not typically draw high television ratings because many people go out at night.
Game 2, on Sunday night, posted a 15.0/23, up 19 percent from 1998.
According to NBC, more than 48 million viewers watched the first game and more than 53 million saw Game 2.
The rating is the percentage of television households in the nation tuned to a program. Each ratings point represents about 1 million households. Share represents the percentage of sets tuned to the show.