Game 1 of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros averaged a 7.3 rating and 12.19 million viewers, which ties Giants-Royals from 2014 as the lowest rated opener on record. 

Ratings and viewership fell 11% from last year’s opener (Dodgers-Red Sox: 8.2, 13.76M) and 16% and 19% respectively from 2017 (Astros-Dodgers: 8.7, 14.98M).