White Sox-Astros World Series lowest-rated ever


NEW YORK -- The Chicago White Sox's first world championship
in 88 years was also the lowest-rated World Series ever.

Chicago's four-game sweep of the Houston Astros averaged an 11.1
national rating with a 19 share on Fox. That's down about 7 percent
from the previous low, an 11.9 with a 20 share for the 2002 World
Series between the Anaheim Angels and the San Francisco Giants.

While the 2002 World Series, which went seven games, rated
higher overall, it was only averaging an 11.0 through four games.

This year was a drop of almost 30 percent from last year's
series, in which the Boston Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals
for their first title in 86 years. That had a 15.8 rating with a 25

Wednesday night's 1-0 Chicago win had a 13.0 preliminary
national rating with a 21 share. It was the highest-rated
prime-time show on Fox since the final of "American Idol" in May,
but still not enough to save the series from being the

Despite rating so low in comparison to other World Series, the
four games of this series were each the highest rated prime-time
network programs on their respective nights.