The 2019 MLB World Series is headed for a decisive Game 7 in a matter of hours and while it has been one of the better World Series in recent memory, the Associated Press is reporting dismal viewership figures.
The Washington Nationals came in as dogs so under that the stores in Houston were having a hard time meeting the demand for brooms.
Washington promptly silenced all doubters by taking the first two games as tourists from the Houston Astros.
Houston responded by winning all three games held in the national capital of Washington, DC.
Washington won Game 6 to force the decider.
The Associated Press is reporting that according to viewership number trackers the Nielsen company, the first five games of the 2019 World Series has been attracting an average viewership of 11.6 million.
The previous low mark came from 2012, when an average of 12.64 million watched the San Francisco Giants run the table on the Detroit Tigers.
MLB had serious competition for a Sunday evening game, as the NFL put on a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, two clubs that draw well above the norm, considering that both Green Bay and Kansas City are considered small markets.
That game drew 18.3 million viewers.
Since Nielsen started comparing the number of viewers for the two codes in 1987, the margin between the NFL regular season game and a MLB World Series game has never been larger.
Those who have been watching the World Series have been treated to some great baseball. There has been superb pitching, timely hitting, abundant fielding gems and keen strategy.
The Nationals survived a controversy in the seventh inning, when leading 3 – 2, Nationals’ hitter Trea Turner hit a dribbler that could not have been any better had it been an intentional bunt. The Houston pitcher fielded the ball, fired to first, and hit Turner as the Houston first baseman attempted to field the throw.
Turner was ruled out for causing interference. Replays were inconclusive and runner interference is an umpire judgement call and not reviewable. Turner did run to first with his left foot on the infield grass most of the way, but he was not clearly guilty of violating the base path.
The controversy was rendered moot when Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon hammered a two-run homer to put the Nationals up 5 – 2.