Nov 2, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Cristian Javier (53) is relieved by manager Dusty Baker (12) against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning during game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Nielsen released their annual Top 100 Telecasts list ranking the highest viewed programs of the year and most of it isn’t very surprising. The NFL and network TV dominated while award shows were nowhere to be seen. There was one perplexing surprise on the list and it dealt with the World Series.

Ranked at #90, with 11.275 million viewers, was Game 3 of the World Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros. The error was eventually corrected by Variety but for a period of time the game was initially labeled “Atlanta vs. Cheaters,” referring to the Astros’ sign stealing scandal from a few years ago.


Photo: Variety via Nielsen

Games 5 and 6 had the correct “Atlanta vs. Houston” listing but that was a massive troll as well as a massive oversight to not correct that before publishing.

In terms of the remainder of the list, the NFL took 39 of the top 100 slots, including the top seven. The Summer Olympics had 14 spots while college sports took five (three in football and two in basketball) and the NBA had Game 6 at #58.

NCIS led in non-sports programming with 17 episodes represented. FBI had seven, 60 Minutes had five, The Equalizer had four, and Yellowstone had two. There weren’t any comedies, reality, or award shows listed this year.


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