As was widely expected, numbers for Game 1 of the World Series
between the Rangers and Cardinals was down from last October's Fall Classic, but FOX still pulled out a victory on Wednesday night.
Despite the presence of baseball, it was actually an "up" week for CBS' "Survivor
" and "Criminal Minds
," while ABC's "Modern Family
" was only barely impacted and dealt the World Series its only half-hour loss among young viewers.
On the the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 3.8 rating, beating ABC and CBS' matching 3.3 ratings in the key demographic. As usual, there was a big drop to NBC in fourth with a 1.7 rating, while The CW posted a 0.6 rating for the night.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 12.92 million viewers and a 7.9 rating/12 share. CBS was second with a 7.2/11 and 11.63 million viewers, far ahead of ABC's 5.6/9 and 8.9 million viewers. NBC was fourth with a 4.5/7 and 6.88 million viewers. The CW drew 1.555 million viewers and a 1.0/2 for the night.
8 p.m. -
FOX started primetime in first with 12.42 million viewers and a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 for Game 1 of the World Series. CBS' "Survivor: South Pacific" was second with 11.13 million viewers and a 3.3 rating in the key demo. ABC finished a respectable third with "The Middle" (9.03 million and a 2.9 key demo) and "Suburgatory
" (8.75 million viewers and a 3.1 key demo, up from last week in the demo). NBC's "Up All Night" (5.64 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo) and a comedy repeat (4.1 million and a 1.2 key demo) followed. The CW's "Ringer" encore averaged 1.22 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. -
World Series coverage rose to 13.425 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49 for FOX in the 9 p.m. hour. CBS' "Criminal Minds" was second overall and third in the key demo with 13.11 million viewers and a 3.9 demo rating. ABC was third overall but won the hour in the key demo thanks to "Modern Family" (12.845 million and a 5.6 key demo) and to a lesser degree "Happy Endings
" (6.89 million viewers and a 3.0 key demo, down from last week). NBC's "Harry's Law" rose to 8.18 million viewers and was steady (low) with a 1.2 key demo rating. The CW's "America's Next Top Model
" averaged 1.89 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - CBS took over first for the 10 p.m. hour with 10.46 million viewers and a 2.6 key demo rating for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." ABC's "Revenge" averaged 7.94 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating in second. NBC was third with 7.58 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," which actually beat "Revenge" in total viewers for its second half-hour.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.