Astros-Phillies second-least watched World Series

by Daryn Albert - The Astros' six-game victory over the Phillies finished as the second-least-watched World Series. It placed ahead of the 2020 series, which capped off a pandemic-shortened season.

Astros-Phillies 2nd-least watched World Series behind 2020 play Verlander: I wouldn't change a thing about this season (1:12) Justin Verlander says winning the World Series was the perfect ending to his first season back from Tommy John surgery. (1:12) 1:56 PM ET Associated Press LAS VEGAS -- The Houston Astros ' six-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies finished as the second least-watched World Series on television. The six games averaged 11,784,000 on Fox, down 1.3% from the 11,940,000 for the Atlanta Braves ' six-game win over the Astros last year and ahead of only the 9,946,000 for the Los Angeles Dodgers ' six-game victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020. Houston's 3-1 win in Game 6 on Saturday night was seen by 12,549,000 viewers on Fox, down 11% from 14,140,000 for Atlanta's 7-0 victory over the Astros in last year's finale, played on a Tuesday night. Including Fox Deportes and streaming, this year's Game 6 was viewed by 12,871,000. Game 6 was played opposite several college football games, including Alabama -LSU on ESPN, Clemson -Notre Dame on NBC and Florida State -Miami on ABC. Editor's Picks Can they repeat? What's next for the World Series champion Astros 1d Bradford Doolittle 2 Related The Series finished with a 6.1 Nielsen rating and 17 share. The rating was the second-lowest behind the 5.2 for 2020, which had a 12 share. This year's share marked a 1% increase from last year. Including Fox Deportes and streaming, this year's Series averaged 12,023,000 viewers. Viewers peaked at 51,560,000 for Game 7 of the 1975 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds . Totals declined with the rise of cable television and then of streaming services, giving viewers more choices. The Series had a 25.0 rating and a 52 share in Philadelphia and a 24.0/55 in Houston. The rating is the percentage of television households tuned in to a broadcast. The share is the percentage viewing a telecast among those households with TVs on at the time.