MLB and FOX hit the jackpot again with another strong Game 7 TV rating

The early numbers are in for Game 7 of the World Series and while they are not as huge as the Chicago Cubs' historic run in 2016, this year's numbers were still big.

According to the overnight ratings, approximately 31 million people watched the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 to win the first championship in franchise history. While that is well below the 40 million from a year ago, this year's television audience would still be the second-largest TV audience for any baseball game in the last 13 years and the second-largest TV audience for a Game 7 in the last 16 years, according to Sports Media Watch.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: A general view during the national anthem before game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Yu Darvish #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during the second inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is hit by a pitch during the third inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astrosat Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he bats during the third inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by teammates as he returns to the dugout after hitting his second inning two-run home run during Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Francisco Liriano #46 of the Houston Astros pitches during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros steals third base during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts at second base during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers talks with Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros at second base during the sixth inning in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers breaks his bat and grounds out during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Carlos Correa #1 and Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros head back to the dugout during Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Los Angeles Dodgers watch the ninth inning from the top step against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Charlie Morton #50 of the Houston Astros celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in game seven with a score of 5 to 1 to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Charlie Morton #50 and Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros celebrate after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex TrautwigMLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Marwin Gonzalez #9, Alex Bregman #2, Jose Altuve #27, and Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Nov 1, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) celebrates after forcing out Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) in the 9th inning to win game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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The number is a good sign for Major League Baseball, suggesting that the 20-year decline in ratings since the early 1990s is over. In fact, the last three World Series Game 7s (2014, 2016, 2017) have averaged 31.5 million viewers. In comparison, the last three NBA Finals Game 7s (2010, 2013, 2016) have averaged 28.5 million TV viewers, despite being considered a sport that is much stronger in the postseason than MLB.

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