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2012 World Series ratings not off to a good start

The World Series between the Tigers and Giants is on its way towards becoming the lowest-rated Fall Classic ever.

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Through two games, the 2012 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants is on pace to draw the lowest television ratings ever, according to a report by Michael Hiestand in the Detroit Free Press on Friday.

Game 1 garnered the lowest ratings of all-time, and, according to the article, Game 2 was even worse. With its 8.8 overnight rating, Game 2's numbers were also the worst ever, down 12 percent from last year's Game 2 in the World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Perhaps one silver lining for Major League Baseball on Thursday night is that Game 2 of the Fall Classic outdrew the NFL's Thursday Night Football contest between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings on NFL Network, which only recorded a 3.9 overnight rating.

Game 3 of the World Series, which the Tigers lead 2-0, is set for Saturday night in Detroit. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.