World Series suffers as a TV attraction, especially compared to pro football

Associated Press

There's a World Series going on, television fans. Not that many people seem to care.

The Fall Classic between Kansas City and San Francisco has only served to amplify baseball's loosening grip on armchair fans. That's especially true when you compare the games' viewership to professional football.

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Through five games, the Nielsen Company said that the Series has averaged 12.07 million viewers on Fox. Without a strong finish, that will be worse than the previous low of 12.66 million, when the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers two years ago.

Also last week, ABC's comedy "Manhattan Love Story" earned the dubious distinction of first new prime-time series of the season to be canceled.