Fox executives had to be both horrified and thrilled Tuesday night by Kansas City’s 10-0 victory over San Francisco to force a Game 7 of the World Series tonight.
They had to be horrified because the rout fueled by a seven-run, second inning by the Royals pretty much assured that the game was turned off in many homes.
They had to be thrilled because by the Royals forcing a decisive game seven, Fox might be able to get Western New York and the nation finally to pay a little more attention to the Fall Classic.
As I’ve reported, the Series is getting soundly beaten here by several regular scheduled programs on rival broadcast networks. It also has bombed nationally.
On Sunday, five National Football League regular season games had a higher rating here than game five of the Series.
On Tuesday night, the Series was competing locally with CBS’ powerful one-two punch of “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans” as well as a Buffalo Sabres game against Toronto on MSG and the season opener of the National Basketball Association on TNT.
The Series game averaged a 6.3 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. That was lower than the rating here for every game of the 2013 Series won by Boston over St. Louis in six games. Of course, the Red Sox are a bigger local draw than the Royals. Tuesday’s rating peaked at 7.9 at 9 p.m., which was about the time the Royals took total control.
At least the Series game beat the local hockey game. The Sabres’ pitiful performance in a 4-0 loss to Toronto had a low 4.0 rating on MSG. San Antonio’s last-second win over Dallas in the NBA opener wasn’t a factor. It didn’t register a full rating point on TNT.
As expected, the big Tuesday winner locally was Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate. “NCIS” (13.8) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (11.8) were the top-rated Tuesday programs.
But NBC’s “The Voice” (9.2) and “Chicago Fire” (6.7) on and CBS’ “Person of Interest” (8.3) also had higher ratings than the Series game here.
You would expect the rating for the decisive Game 7 tonight would approach the local rating for Boston’s series-clinching win in 2013. It had a 9.6 rating.