World Series Game 5 got better ratings than Sunday Night Football

Baseball still isn’t dying, guys! In fact, it’s still healthy enough to crush the crap out of football.

With the Chicago Cubs on the brink of elimination and the Cleveland Indians just one win away from ultimate victory, Game 5 of the World Series did some serious ratings damage on Sunday night.

And Sunday Night Football was no random matchup, either. It featured an NFC East battle between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles in overtime, but it wasn’t enough to trump the drama of Game 5.

Cleveland Indians fans react after Francisco Lindor is seen hitting an RBI single during a Game 5 watch party of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The TV ratings probably didn’t count all these people watching Game 5 together at Progressive Field. (AP Photo) says that this year’s Game 5 was up 25% over 2015’s Game 5 (which was the series clincher for the Kansas City Royals), and it beat every other World Series Game 5 since 1997. That game? It was the Florida Marlins against the Cleveland Indians. (Poetic!) And according to, this is the first time a World Series Game 5 has beaten the NFL in ratings. And it’s the second time ever that the World Series has slayed the mighty NFL ratings beast. The first time?

Back on October 23, 2011, Game 4 of the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers match-up topped the Indianapolis Colts 0-6 blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints.

It’s worth pointing out that the NFL has been experiencing sagging TV ratings across the board this season, so MLB may have had a little bit of help. But people had to choose to watch baseball over football (or anything else on Sunday night) so this is a decisive victory for MLB in the ratings game. So let’s say it all together now: baseball isn’t dying!

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