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Baseball: Cubs' clincher was most-watched game in 25 years

That represents the most viewers since 50.3 million tuned into watch the Minnesota Twins post a 1-0, 10-inning victory over the Atlanta Braves in game seven of the 1991 World Series. Photograph: (Getty)

Los Angeles, United States Nov 03, 2016, 11.35 PM (IST)

The epic final game of the 2016 World Series between the victorious Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians was the most-watched baseball game in a quarter-century.

An average of just over 40 million viewers tuned in to game seven of the series on Wednesday, when the Cubs defeated Cleveland 8-7 in 10 innings in, the Los Angeles-based Fox Broadcasting Co. announced.

That represents the most viewers since 50.3 million tuned into watch the Minnesota Twins post a 1-0, 10-inning victory over the Atlanta Braves in game seven of the 1991 World Series.

Fox received a 25.2 overnight rating Wednesday -- the network's best since a 27.0 for its broadcast of game seven of the World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees in 2001.

The game was a must-see in Chicago, where Fox said 71 per cent of televisions were tuned to the contest compared to just 48 per cent in Cleveland.

The World Series was an overall hit with viewers. It drew a 14.9 rating over the seven games to make it the most-watched World Series since the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals squared off in 2004.

(AFP)

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