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This is a list of Major League Baseball World Series television ratings since 1984. Only United States audience totals are included, which is especially crucial for the 1992 and 1993 World Series respectively, which were highly watched in Canada.

Table of World Series television ratings, by year, 1984 - present

Year Net. Teams Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7
2009 FOX New York Yankees 4,
Philadelphia Phillies 2
11.9/19 (19.5M viewers)[1] 11.7/19 (18.9M viewers)[1] 9.1/18 (15.4M viewers)[1] 13.5/22 (22.8M viewers)[1] 10.6/16 (17.1M viewers)[1] 13.4/22 (22.3M viewers)[1] No game
2008 FOX Philadelphia Phillies 4,
Tampa Bay Rays 1
9.2/15 (14.6M viewers)[2] 8.1/13 (12.8M viewers)[2] 6.1/13 (9.8M viewers)[2] 9.3/15 (15.5M viewers)[2] 9.6/14 (15.8M viewers)[2] No game
2007 FOX Boston Red Sox 4,
Colorado Rockies 0
10.5/18
(16.897M
viewers)
[3]
11.1/18
(16.950M
viewers)
[3]
8.5/15
(14.055M
viewers)
[3]
12.6/21
(20.945M
viewers)
[3]
No game
2006 FOX St. Louis Cardinals 4,
Detroit Tigers 1
8.0/15
(12.840M
viewers)
[3]
11.6/18
(18.165M
viewers)
[3]
10.2/17
(15.582M
viewers)
[3]
10.4/18
(16.113M
viewers)
[3]
10.3/18
(16.276M
viewers)
[3]
No game
2005 FOX Chicago White Sox 4,
Houston Astros 0
9.5/17
(15.015M
viewers)
[4]
11.1/17
(17.190M
viewers)
[4]
11.0/21
(16.652M
viewers)
[5]
13.0/21
(19.979M
viewers)
[5]
No game
2004 FOX Boston Red Sox 4,
St. Louis Cardinals 0
13.7/25
(23.168M
viewers)
[6]
15.9/24
(25.463M
viewers)
[6]
15.7/24
(24.422M
viewers)
[7]
18.2/28
(28.844M
viewers)
[7]
No game
2003 FOX Florida Marlins 4,
New York Yankees 2
10.9/20
(17.687M
viewers)
[8]
12.6/20
(20.552M
viewers)
[8]
12.5/21
(18.894M
viewers)
[9]
13.6/23
(20.885M
viewers)
[9]
13.2/21
(19.908M
viewers)
[9]
13.9/25
(23.240M
viewers)
[9]
No game
2002 FOX Anaheim Angels 4,
San Francisco Giants 3
9.4/18 (15.5M viewers)[10] 11.9/20
(19.4M
viewers)
[11]
10.8/18
(17.0M
viewers)
[12]
11.8/19
(18.1M
viewers)
[12]
10.0/17
(15.8M
viewers)
[12]
11.8/21
(19.2M
viewers)
[13]
17.9/28
(30.8M
viewers)
[13]
2001 FOX Arizona Diamondbacks 4,
New York Yankees 3
10.4/19 (16.5M viewers)[10] 15.0/23
(23.6M
viewers)
[14]
15.4/24
(23.4M
viewers)
[15]
15.8/27
(23.7M
viewers)
[15]
14.4/24
(21.2M
viewers)
[15]
13.8/24
(22.7M
viewers)
[15]
23.5/34
(39.1M
viewers)
[15]
2000 FOX New York Yankees 4,
New York Mets 1
11.5/22 12.6/20 12.4/21 12.5/21 13.1/21 No game
1999 NBC New York Yankees 4,
Atlanta Braves 0
14.2/26 15.0/23 16.8/27 17.8/29 No game
1998 FOX New York Yankees 4,
San Diego Padres 0
12.4/23 12.6/20 15.4/25 16.6/27 No game
1997 NBC Florida Marlins 4,
Cleveland Indians 3
11.3/22 15.0/24 15.6/27 15.5/26 17.2/30 15.5/28 24.5/39
1996 FOX New York Yankees 4,
Atlanta Braves 2
15.7/25 14.0/23 17.5/28 17.9/32 20.0/32 19.1/34 No game
1995 ABC Atlanta Braves 4,
Cleveland Indians 2
16.4/30 No game 20.0/33 21.6/34 No game
NBC No game 19.4/31 20.0/34 No game 19.5/35 No game
1994 Series canceled due to a strike. Had the World Series been played out, it would have aired on ABC.
1993 CBS Toronto Blue Jays 4,
Philadelphia Phillies 2
15.5/29 17.9/29 15.2/28 18.0/31 18.4/30 19.1/35 No game
1992 CBS Toronto Blue Jays 4,
Atlanta Braves 2
15.6/28 20.2/32 20.8/33 18.9/30 21.6/36 22.7/41 No game
1991 CBS Minnesota Twins 4,
Atlanta Braves 3
17.6/32 21.7/34 23.5/39 22.9/36 22.9/37 25.4/44 32.2/49
1990 CBS Cincinnati Reds 4,
Oakland Athletics 0
20.2/32 21.8/37 19.4/35 21.4/38 No game
1989 ABC Oakland Athletics 4,
San Francisco Giants 0
16.2/30 17.4/28 17.5/32 14.7/28 No game
1988 NBC Los Angeles Dodgers 4,
Oakland Athletics 1
20.5/38 23.1/36 24.8/40 24.2/39 27.0/43 No game
1987 ABC Minnesota Twins 4,
St. Louis Cardinals 3
19.2/35 21.9/34 24.9/40 23.8/38 23.4/38 20.9/47 32.6/50
1986 NBC New York Mets 4,
Boston Red Sox 3
24.2/42 25.5/41 25.6/40 26.0/41 29.8/47 30.3/52 38.9/55
1985 ABC Kansas City Royals 4,
St. Louis Cardinals 3
22.1/37 23.2/35 25.4/38 24.8/38 24.9/38 24.2/41 32.6/47
1984 NBC Detroit Tigers 4,
San Diego Padres 1
27.7/44 26.0/40 21.5/35 15.0/41 22.7/42 No game

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