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World Series Ratings: Rangers/Giants Outdrawn By NFL

The Sunday night overnight television ratings were released and the World Series was outdrawn by NBC's Sunday Night Football which featured the New Orleans Saints defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers. Per Darren Rovell, it marks the first time the World Series has been outdrawn by a prime time football game.

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Game 4 of the World Series between the Rangers and Giants drew a rating of 10.4. The Steelers/Saints game drew an 11.8.

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It may just be an indictment on the laziness and apathy of the common baseball fan more than anything, or maybe football really has become more important than baseball. I've a feeling if the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers or Mets were in the World Series, things would be a bit different when it comes to this. The Steelers and Saints are also a big draw in the NFL right now as well.

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Maybe the uninspiring pitching matchup had something to do with it too, but the casual fan who didn't tune in missed a gem by Madison Bumgarner. I expect the ratings will do better tonight despite going up against Monday Night Football with Peyton Manning and the Colts hosting Matt Schaub and the Texans. 

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Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum will square off tonight - perhaps the last baseball game of the season - and it'll be a shame if most casual baseball fans miss out on what could be a World Series pitchers duel for the ages.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.