With plenty of TV alternatives, viewers showed less interest in World Series Game 2 than in Wednesday's opener. Instead, overall audiences favored CBS' late-evening procedurals, while "Big Bang Theory" allowed CBS to also split the key demographic.
Among adults 18-49, FOX and CBS both averaged a 3.4 rating, tops in the all-important demographic. ABC's 2.9 and NBC's 2.4 followed, while The CW trailed with a 1.3 rating.
Overall, though, CBS won the night easily, averaging 13.515 million viewers and an 8.2 rating/13 share. FOX was second with a 7.3/12 and 12.05 million viewers. ABC's 5.4/9 and 8.475 million viewers finished third, beating the 5.91 million viewers and 3.4/6 for NBC. The CW's 1.9/2 and 3.04 million viewers trailed.
8 p.m. -- FOX started the night in first overall with an estimated 12.32 million viewers for the start of the Rangers-Giants showdown, finishing second in the demo with a 3.4 rating. CBS topped the demo and finished second overall with "The Big Bang Theory" (12.8 million and a 4.1 demo rating) and "$#*! My Dad Says" (10.82 million and a 3.1 demo rating). ABC's "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" finished third overall with 6.98 million viewers, but fourth in the key demo. On NBC, "Scared Shekless" (8.19 million viewers and a 2.4 demo) gave a boost to a zombie-filled "Community" (5.69 million viewers and a 2.4 demo). The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" averaged 3.49 million viewers and a 1.7 demo rating.
9 p.m. -- CBS moved into first in the 9 p.m. hour with the 14.125 million viewers for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," though the procedural tied for third in the key demo. FOX's baseball coverage was second overall with 11.775 million viewers and second in the demo with a 3.4 rating. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was third in viewers with 10.67 million, but won the demo with a 3.8 rating. NBC's "The Office" (8.05 million and a 3.9 demo) and "Outsourced" (5.92 million and a 2.7 rating), were both solidly up from last week. The CW's "Nikita" averaged 2.59 million viewers.
10 p.m. -- "The Mentalist" closed primetime in first for CBS with 14.61 million viewers and a 3.2 demo rating. ABC's "Private Practice" was second with 7.77 million and a 2.7 demo rating. And as for NBC? Well, "The Apprentice" was up this week! Yup, "The Apprentice" was up to 3.81 million and a 1.4 demo rating.
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.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.