The Cardinals' thrilling 10-9, 11-inning victory over the Texas Rangers in Game 6 received the best World Series television rating since 2009.
Thursday night's game got a 12.7 fast national rating and 21 share, Fox said Friday. It was the highest-rated World Series game since the New York Yankees' Series clincher against Philadelphia got a 13.4 two years ago, and it was the highest-rated game not involving the Yankees since the finale of the 2005 Series between the Chicago White Sox and Houston received a 13.0/21.
This year's Series is averaging a 9.3/15, up 11 percent over the 8.4/14 for San Francisco's five-game win over the Rangers last year. With the World Series going to a Game 7 for the first time since 2002, the final average should increase.
The game received a 49.4/70 in St. Louis, with a share peaking at 82 in the final 30 minutes, and drew a 47.1/67 in Dallas.
Fox had its highest-prime time rating since the finale of "American Idol" in May.
The rating is the percentage of television households tuned to a program, and the share is the percentage watching among those households with TVs on at the time.