World Series drives FOX to dominant primetime victory

Biggest Viewership Jump from Game One to Game Two in Eight Years

Following the Giants' decisive victory in Game One of the 2014 World Series, the Royals answered back in Game Two on Wednesday, erupting for five runs in the sixth inning to win 7-2 and tie the Series at one game apiece heading to San Francisco.

And the World Series is gaining momentum among viewers. Game Two drew 13.2 million viewers on FOX and FOX Deportes, up +6% from Game One to mark the largest increase in viewership from Game One to Game Two since 2006. The viewership also marks a +5% increase over Game Two of the 2012 World Series, which also featured the Giants as well as the Tigers, a team in a significantly larger market than Kansas City.

Game Two also propelled FOX to a dominant win among all primetime competition, +56% better than the second place network according to metered market data from Nielsen. Through two games, the 2014 Fall Classic is averaging a combined 12.8 million viewers on FOX and FOX Deportes, up +3% over the first two games in 2012. The first two games of this World Series - the first since 1937 to see its first two games each decided by five or more runs - represent the best back-to-back Tuesday and Wednesday nights on FOX since February of 2012.

For the second consecutive game and the sixth time this Postseason, the Royals have set a new local rating high in Kansas City, as Game Two drew a 49.7, the best for any MLB telecast on record in the market and the highest rating in any market for a World Series Game Two since 2007. Throughout Game Two, 71% of TVs on in Kansas City were tuned to the game, peaking at 83% as the game neared its conclusion. In San Francisco, Game Two drew a 28.7 local rating. Through two games, the World Series is averaging a 49.0 rating in Kansas City and 29.0 in San Francisco.

The World Series resumes on Friday with Game Three in San Francisco at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on FOX.