World Series Game 5 has best TV rating since 2009; NFL game again draws bigger audience

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NEW YORK — The World Series' Game 5 had its highest television rating since 2009.

The Royals' 7-2 win over the Mets in 12 innings Sunday night to win their first championship since 1985 averaged a 10.0 rating and 17 share and 17.2 million viewers on Fox. The network said Monday it was the highest-rated Game 5 since the Yankees-Phillies World Series six years ago.

The World Series once again trailed a regular-season NFL game, though. The "Sunday Night Football" matchup between the undefeated Broncos and Packers averaged 23.0 million viewers on NBC. It was the highest-rated Sunday night game on NBC of the six that have gone against the World Series.

The World Series averaged 14.7 million viewers, up 6 percent from last year's Giants-Royals matchup that went the full seven games.

Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program, while shares measure the percentage of TVs in use at the time.

Kansas City had a 60.0 rating and 80 share Sunday.

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