By Peter Gleason
Just in case you still think that major league baseball is “America’s Pastime,” check out these numbers:
The Kansas City Chiefs-Green Bay Packers matchup on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” had a 61 percent viewership advantage over the Houston Astros-Washington Nationals contest on Fox, according to NBC Sports, the largest margin between a “Sunday Night Football” game and a World Series televised at the same time.
According to Sports Media Watch, the football game drew 18.32 million viewers.
The Chiefs were playing without MVP Patrick Mahomes and instead had Matt Moore starting at quarterback, while Aaron Rodgers and the Packers outlasted the Chiefs 31-24 in a game that came down to the final possessions.
Meanwhile, Nationals starter Max Scherzer was scratched in the hours before Game 5, depriving fans of a Scherzer-Gerrit Cole pitching duel. Instead, the Astros raced out to a 4-0 lead and kept the Nationals at bay.