Fox’s baseball, NBC top Tuesday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

It was another big night for postseason baseball Tuesday on Fox, as Game 6 of the Chicago Cubs-Florida Marlins series delivered best-yet ratings and helped the net dominate the ratings action. NBC, with “Whoopi” seeing a nice spike in the numbers, led among the entertainment networks.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, the Marlins’ victory over the Cubs will produce at least a 6.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 18.5 million viewers overall, making it far and away the most popular program of the evening. Fox will air the decisive seventh game in the series tonight.

At NBC, “Whoopi” jumped more than 30% week-to-week to deliver a strong 3.8/11 in adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers overall), tying a repeat of ABC’s “8 Simple Rules” for second behind baseball in the 18-49 demo at 8 o’clock. “Rules” had been delivering boffo numbers in recent weeks for its final episodes starring the late John Ritter.

The Peacock also looked solid with the rest of its comedy lineup, as 8:30’s “Happy Family” (3.6/10 in adults 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) moved ahead of ABC’s “I’m With Her” (3.4/9 in adults 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) for the first time, and “Frasier” followed at 9 by edging out the Alphabet’s “According to Jim” in 18-49 also for the first time this fall (4.5/11 to 4.4/11). The 9:30 comedy battle was a dead heat between NBC’s “Good Morning Miami” and ABC’s “Less Than Perfect” (3.7/9 in adults 18-49).

At 10, NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” (5.1/13 in adults 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall) dominated ABC’s “NYPD Blue” (3.8/9 in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) and CBS’ “Judging Amy” (2.5/6 in adults 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall).

CBS again lagged its rivals in both adults 18-49 and 25-54, led by “The Guardian” (2.8/7 in adults 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.5/17; NBC, 4.3/11; ABC, 3.8/10; CBS, 2.7/7; WB, 1.9/5; UPN, 1.3/3.

In total viewers: Fox’s 18 million-plus easily topped CBS’ 11.4 million.

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