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Many in the media were hoping for a Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers World Series match-up, but the fans in Tampa and Philadelphia certainly aren’t complaining.
In Philadelphia, the fourth largest U.S. TV market, 35.7% of all local households tuned in for the first game of the Series Wednesday night. Viewership in the city of brotherly love has grown steadily throughout the playoffs.
That upwardly mobile TV ratings trend was also evident in the Tampa Bay market, where local TV audiences have grown steadily with each successive playoff victory. Wednesday night, 31.9% of local households in Tampa/St. Petersburg, the nation’s 13th largest market, tuned in for game one of the Series.
That wasn’t enough to top Phillies fans’ viewership, but it did give the Rays their highest local rating this season.
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