The game peaked between 11:45 p.m. and midnight with a 39.2/74 rating and share.
The previous Nationals record was set during Washington’s Game 2 rout of the Astros, which earned a 24.0 on Fox. Before this season, the record had been set in Game 5 of the 2012 National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, a heartbreaking loss that earned a 16.7 local rating on TBS.
In Houston, Game 7 earned a 42.7 rating and a 63 share.
While the local ratings for what was a taut and thrilling Game 7 were strong, the game did not rate as well nationally. The game drew a 13.1 rating and 23.013 million viewers around the country, the fewest viewers for a Game 7 of the World Series this decade, according to Sports Business Journal.
The Nationals-Astros World Series had already produced the lowest-rated and least-viewed World Series Games 2, 4 and 5 on record, according to Sportsmediawatch.com. Game 4 was the lowest-rated World Series game (5.9) and the second-least viewed, with 10.21 million viewers.
For comparison’s sake, the Capitals’ Stanley Cup-clinching win on NBC in 2017 earned a 25.2 local rating, the best-ever local mark for that franchise. The Redskins’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings last Thursday drew an 18.3/34 in the Washington market.
The seven games of the World Series earned the following ratings in D.C.:
Game 1: 23.1.
Game 2: 23.5.
Game 3: 24.0.
Game 4: 17.3.
Game 5: 19.
Game 6: 23.4.
Game 7: 31.8.