Fox is hoping history repeats itself when the
In 2004, when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals in four games to win their first series since 1918, the average audience for Fox was 25.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. At that time, it was the biggest audience for a World Series since the
Of course, there were some extenuating circumstances that helped boost the ratings for the 2004 World Series into the stratosphere. The Red Sox hadn't played in the Fall Classic since 1986. The team was also coming off a dramatic comeback win from three games down in the league championship series with the
When the Red Sox returned to the World Series in 2007 and swept the
Because both the Red Sox and Cardinals have national followings, this year's World Series should have no problem topping last year's showdown between the
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