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Fox’s baseball routs competish

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Game 7 of the series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox delivered boffo numbers for Fox on Thursday, a night that saw some of the evening’s highest-rated programs air last-minute repeats in response to the baseball blitz. This is Fox’s first 18-49 victory on a Thursday since November 1998 (theatrical “Jumanji”).

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen figures to average at least a 9.8 rating/25 share among adults 18-49 and more than 25 million viewers overall. It has a good shot at surpassing Wednesday’s Cubs-Marlins game to become the most-watched League Championship Series game since 1991.

Elsewhere, CBS drama “CSI” was the top-rated entertainment program (7.6/18 in adults 18-49, 21.4 million viewers overall), building a bit on an original “Survivor” (7.2/19 in adults 18-49, 19.1 million viewers overall), which was a strong second to baseball from 8 to 9. At 10, a repeat “Without a Trace” (4.6/12 in adults 18-49, 14.3 million viewers overall) ran a close second to NBC’s repeat of “ER” in 18-49 (5.1/13 in adults 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall), with “Trace” edging ahead in 25-54.

“CSI,” “Without a Trace” and “ER” all likely picked up more viewers than usual for repeat episodes, as viewers had been expecting original segs.

NBC was paced by a repeat “Friends” at 8 (6.1/17 in adults 18-49, 14.5 million viewers overall), ABC by “Extreme Makeover” (3.0/7 in adults 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 9.8/25; CBS, 6.5/16; NBC, 5.0/13; ABC, 2.5/6; UPN, 1.7/4; WB, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 25 million-plus; CBS, 18.2 million; NBC, 11.3 million; ABC, 7.5 million; UPN, 4.8 million; WB, 2.6 million.

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