The San Francisco Giants' 9-0 rout of the Texas Rangers earned the second-lowest television rating for a World Series Game 2, with more then one-quarter the audience disappearing from last year.
The Giants’ win Thursday night, which gave them a 2-0 World Series lead, got an 8.5 rating and was seen by 14.13 million people, Nielsen Media Research said Friday.
That was down 26 percent from the 11.5 rating for the New York Yankees’ 3-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 2 last year. The only lower-rated Game 2 was in 2008, when Tampa Bay’s 4-2 victory over the Phillies got an 8.1 rating.
The 2008 Series set a record for the worst rating, with an 8.4 over five games. The rating rebounded to 11.6 last year, with larger markets and the first Series since 2003 extending past five games.
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Despite the absence of New York and Los Angeles, there are big television markets involved in this year’s Series.
Dallas is the fifth-largest in the United States and San Francisco is No. 6, according to Nielsen.
Through two games, this year’s Series is averaging an 8.7 rating and 14.6 million. The rating is down 25 percent from the 11.6 average after the second game last year.
Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush will throw out ceremonial first pitches before Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday.
George W. Bush was managing general partner of the Rangers from 1989-94 and maintained partial ownership of the club until 1998, two years before he was elected the 43rd president.
Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan will throw out the first pitch for Game 3 tonight. Ryan is part of the ownership group that recently purchased the franchise from Tom Hicks.
Pablo Sandoval is set to be the San Francisco Giants’ designated hitter in Game 3 tonight.
Sandoval struggled through a down year, batting .268 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI.
Sandoval — nicknamed “Kung Fu Panda” — has played in five games this postseason, making two starts in the NL Division Series against Atlanta and two more in the NLCS versus the Phillies.
The Minnesota Twins exercised outfielder Jason Kubel’s $5.25 million club option for 2011 and declined the $5 million club option for infielder Nick Punto. ... New Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez rounded out his coaching staff, hiring former Tigers manager Larry Parrish as the hitting coach. The 56-year-old Parrish had been manager of Detroit’s Triple-A team in Toledo since 2003. ... Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco had successful surgery on his injured left elbow. He is expected to be ready for spring training after a doctor removed spurs from the elbow and repaired a tendon. ...
Today’s scheduled 3:57 p.m. (PDT) start is the earliest for a World Series game since the Cardinals-Twins battle in 1987. ... The Yankees announced they and manager Joe Girardi agreed to a three-year contract. A source said the deal is worth $9 million, and Girardi would be able to earn about $500,000 more each year in bonuses based on the team’s performance. ... Sandy Alderson was introduced as the 12th general manager in Mets history.