Game 1 had 1.192 million viewers, good for only a 0.8 US rating on ESPN. That was down 52% from 2009’s Texas vs. LSU Game 1 matchup. However, the CWS still drew more viewers than a Stephen Strasburg start for the Washington Nationals on ESPN2.
The clinching Game 2 drew better, with 1.853 million viewers, good for a 1.2 US rating. Despite the increase over Monday night, the broadcast was still down 29% from last year’s Game 2 (which was a non-clinching game.)
What do you think led to the drop in ratings for the CWS? The participating teams? Not going to a Game 3? Feel free to discuss this in the comments.