5:07pm Arizona time, Fox: series tied 1-1
|Alcides Escobar - SS||Gregor Blanco - CF|
|Alex Gordon - LF||Joe Panik - 2B|
|Lorenzo Cain - RF||Buster Posey - C|
|Eric Hosmer - 1B||Pablo Sandoval - 3B|
|Mike Moustakas - 3B||Hunter Pence - RF|
|Omar Infante - 2B||Brandon Belt - 1B|
|Salvador Perez - C||Travis Ishikawa - LF|
|Jarrod Dyson - CF||Brandon Crawford - SS|
|Jeremy Guthrie - RHP||Tim Hudson - RHP|
It is probably no great shock to discover this World Series is not exactly setting the television ratings ablaze. Indeed, the first game pulled in a 7.3 rating for FOX, meaning just 7.3% of US households were watching the game. That's perhaps the least-viewed World Series game since they started broadcasting them on national television, and down a good chunk even on last year, where the Cardinals and Red Sox drew a 9.4 for their opening game. However, it's not that far off the last time the Giants played - their 2012 series against the Tigers rated a 7.6 - and it's not all bad news.
For example, the 2014 numbers also don't include FOX Deportes, which drew record numbers for a Spanish-language World Series broadcast, and the game broke records too on FOX Sports Go, the streaming application. There was also a rebound on Tuesday night, which was a 7.9 - while still down on the 2013 figure (8.3), it was above the 2012 one (7.8). But it likely won't last: tied or not, Game 3 has been a ratings black-hole, pulling the fewest viewers in every series since 2007. It'll be interesting to see if tonight's can avoid setting a new all-time low: it needs to surpass the 6.1 [less than ten million viewers] for this game in the Phillies/Rays series in 2008.