World Series ratings tie all-time low

NEW YORK -- Television ratings for this year's World Series equaled the lowest ever.

The San Francisco Giants' five-game victory over the Texas Rangers averaged an 8.4 rating and 14 share. That matches the record low of the 2008 Phillies-Rays World Series, which also went five games, with the decisive game suspended and completed two days later because of rain.

The average rating was down 28 percent from the 11.7/19 for last year's Yankees-Phillies series.

The Giants' 3-1 win Monday night on Fox earned an 8.8/14.

San Francisco averaged a 35.3/61 for the series, while Dallas had a 30.9/48.

The series averaged 14.3 million viewers, up 5 percent from 2008, when the country had fewer homes with televisions.

Game 5 drew 15.0 million viewers to beat "Monday Night Football." The Indianapolis Colts' 30-17 victory over the Houston Texans on ESPN had 11.9 million viewers.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with TVs tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.