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With Boston Red Sox in World Series, television ratings rebound for opener against Cardinals

  • AP10ThingsToSee - In this image taken with a fisheye lens, Boston Red Sox players take batting practice as a rainbow appears in the sky above Fenway Park Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    AP10ThingsToSee - In this image taken with a fisheye lens, Boston Red Sox players take batting practice as a rainbow appears in the sky above Fenway Park Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Players line up for the national anthem before Game 1 of baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Players line up for the national anthem before Game 1 of baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

With the Boston Red Sox back in the World Series, television ratings jumped for the opener.

Boston's 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals drew an 8.6 fast national rating and 14.4 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.

The rating was up 13 percent from the 7.6 for San Francisco's 8-3 victory over Detroit last year, which was a record low for a World Series opener. Wednesday night's game was seen by 14.4 million viewers, up 18 percent from 12.2 million last year and the most-watched Series opener since the Giants' 11-7 win over Texas in 2010.

Wednesday's game peaked with 16.9 million viewers during the second inning, when the Red Sox scored twice and took a 5-0 lead.

The rating is the percentage of television households tuned to a program.