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World Series Ends With Low Ratings

October 28, 2002

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ The all-California Classic drew the lowest TV ratings in World Series history.

The Anaheim Angels’ seven-game victory over the San Francisco Giants averaged an 11.9 rating and 20 share, Nielsen Media Research said Monday.

That rating is 24 percent below Arizona’s seven-game win over the New York Yankees last year, which got a 15.7, and 4 percent below the previous low, the Yankees’ five-game win over the Mets in the 2000 Subway Series (12.4).

In the past 11 years, the rating for the Series has gone down by 50 percent. Minnesota’s seven-game win over Atlanta in 2001 got a 24.0 rating and 39 share. The top Series rating was a 32.8/56 for Philadelphia’s six-game victory over Kansas City in 1990.

Anaheim’s 4-1 victory Sunday night got a 17.9 preliminary rating, down 24 percent from Arizona’s 3-2 win in Game 7 last year, which received a 23.5.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. Each rating point represents a little more than 1.05 million homes.

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