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Cowboys-Eagles more than doubles audience of Rangers’ World Series clincher

It’s no surprise the NFL is king when it comes to television audiences.
But even the first World Series championship in Texas Rangers history couldn’t come close to the viewer share the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles received in the prime afternoon slot on Fox over the weekend.
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Fox Sports announced on Wednesday that the thrilling NFC East battle drew more than 27.1 million viewers, becoming the most-watched television broadcast, NFL or otherwise, on any network since last season’s Super Bowl.
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Comparing those numbers to baseball, Fox Sports said 11.6 million people tuned in to see Corey Seager and the Rangers win a decisive Game 5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the desert.
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Nielsen and Fox said last week the World Series averaged 9.11 million viewers, less than the 9.79 million average from the 2020 series, when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays in six games.
It was a 23% decline from last year’s series, when the Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games and averaged 11.78 million.
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Baseball and network executives figured this year’s series might face a tough audience because of two teams that don’t have much national appeal. The expanded playoffs also meant it was a series matching the teams with the seventh- and 11th-best records.
But despite the lower audiences, the World Series still outperformed every entertainment program, the eighth straight year that has happened. It was the most-watched event for four of the five games. The only thing to beat it was “Monday Night Football,” when the Detroit Lions beat the Las Vegas Raiders on Oct. 30, which coincided with the Rangers’ 3-1 victory in Game 3.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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