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St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig makes a jumping grab on a baseball hit by Texas Rangers Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium during the sixth inning of the 2011 World Series in St. Louis on October 28, 2011. The Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers 6-2 winning game 7 of the World Series. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig makes a jumping grab on a baseball hit by Texas Rangers Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium during the sixth inning of the 2011 World Series in St. Louis on October 28, 2011. The Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers 6-2 winning game 7 of the World Series. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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NEW YORK (AP) — Game 7 of the World Series between St. Louis and Texas averaged 25.4 million viewers, to make it the most-watched ballgame since 2004.

Before that series, in which the Red Sox won their first title in 86 years in four games, the high mark was another Game 7 — the 2002 World Series between San Francisco and the Los Angeles Angels.

The Cardinals’ Game 7 win on Friday earned a 14.7 fast national rating, bumping up the overall Series rating to 10.0. That’s 19 percent higher than last season’s series between the Giants and the Rangers.

It also was the highest rated and most watched Friday night telecast on any network since the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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