Posted: Thu October 31, 2013 7:03PM; Updated: Thu October 31, 2013 7:03PM

World Series TV ratings up 17 percent over last year

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Fox Sports' Erin Andrews interviews Dustin Pedroia after the Red Sox won the World Series on Thursday.
Fox Sports' Erin Andrews interviews Dustin Pedroia after the Red Sox won the World Series on Thursday.
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NEW YORK (AP) The World Series television rating on Fox was up 17 percent over last year but was the lowest for a matchup that went at least six games.

Boston's 4-2 Series win over St. Louis averaged an 8.9 rating, 15 share and 14.9 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.

San Francisco's four-game sweep of Detroit last year averaged a record-low 7.6/12 and was seen by 12.7 million viewers. That was among only three Series that had lower ratings than this year's, joined by 8.4 ratings for Philadelphia's five-game win over Tampa Bay in 2008 and San Francisco's five-game victory over Texas in 2010.

Boston's 6-1 victory in Wednesday night's clincher received an 11.3/18 and was seen by 19.2 million viewers, baseball's highest rating since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.

The game, which marked the first title won by the Red Sox at Fenway Park since 1918, drew a 55.2/75 in Boston, the highest MLB rating there since Game 4 of the 2007 World Series. The Boston rating peaked at a 59.5/84 from 11-11:30 p.m., which included the final out and the start of the postgame celebration.

"This baseball season has been a tremendous success across the board for FOX Sports, and 2014 can't get here soon enough," Fox Sports President Eric Shanks said in a statement. "Our postseason coverage saw a 26 percent jump year to year, while ratings for the All-Star game grew and several of our regional sports networks had record-setting seasons."

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