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Series a ratings champ despite Cubs flub

They may have not advanced to the World Series for the first time in nearly six decades, but the Chicago Cubs went out a ratings winner Wednesday, as their game against the Florida Marlins on Fox produced the best numbers for a League Championship Series contest in 11 years.

According to nationals from Nielsen, Fox’s coverage of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series averaged a 10.1 rating/27 share among adults 18-49 and 26.51 million viewers overall. Game peaked in the final half-hour (11-11:30 ET) before an average aud of 28.3 million.

It’s the best delivery for a game in this round since Game 7 of the NLCS on CBS in 1991 (Atlanta-Pittsburgh), and the strongest ever on Fox. And the audience is also larger than 25 of the last 27 World Series games since 1997 — behind only the Game 7s of the past two years.

The Marlins advance to the World Series, which begins Saturday, against the winner of Thursday night’s Yankees-Boston Red Sox game.

Although New York is the bigger market, the long-suffering Red Sox would likely produce stronger ratings for Fox, which had clearly been hoping the big-draw Cubs would move on to the Fall Classic for the first time since 1948.

Alphabet perking up

Elsewhere Wednesday, ABC fared best among the other networks, paced by “The Bachelor” (5.7/14 in adults 18-49, 11.96m), “My Wife and Kids” (4.3/12 in 18-49, 10.85m) and “It’s All Relative” (4.2/11 in 18-49, 10.17m) — all of which trailed only baseball in their timeslots.

With a third straight perky perf, “It’s All Relative” is looking like a nice addition to the Alphabet’s roster.

NBC was led by a repeat of “Law & Order” at 10 (4.8/12 in 18-49, 12.93m) that beat the combined demo deliveries of firstrun dramas “Karen Sisco” on ABC (2.6/7 in 18-49, 7.87m) and “The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.” on CBS (2.1/5 in 18-49, 6.74m). “Sisco” was down 13% week-to-week, while “Poland” was flat.

The WB had a solid night, ranking third in 18-34 and second in men 18-34. “Smallville” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 6.47m) was second to only baseball in the 18-34 and 12-34 categories at 8, and “Angel” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 5.03m) ran third in these categories at 9.

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