World Series tops Tuesday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Game 3 of the World Series was the top draw on Tuesday, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, while ABC and NBC were in a close battle for first-place honors among the other nets.

Reliable nationals weren’t available for the New York Yankees’ 6-1 victory over the Florida Marlins, but the game figures to draw at least 18.5 million viewers and an adults 18-49 rating of 6.5. Contest featured a roughly 40-minute rain delay in the 10 o’clock hour.

NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” led among entertainment programs (4.7/12 in adults 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall), although it got a run for its money from competing cop drama ABC’s “NYPD Blue” (4.1/10 in adults 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall).

Elsewhere for the Peacock, “Whoopi” (3.3/10 in adults 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) was down from its strong delivery of a week ago but was competitive with a special firstrun “According to Jim” on ABC (3.6/11 in adults 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall). And “Happy Family” (3.4/9 in adults 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) maintained or built slightly on “Whoopi” in various categories.

For ABC, “I’m With Her” (3.8/10 in adults 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) built on its “Jim” lead-in among adults 18-49, while the episode of “Jim” in its regular 9 o’clock slot (4.6/12 in adults 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) topped a repeat of NBC’s “Frasier” (3.8/10 in adults 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall).

CBS was led by 10 o’clock’s “Judging Amy” (2.9/7 in adults 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages: Fox, 6.4/17; ABC, 3.9/10, tied with NBC, 3.9/10; CBS, 2.8/7; WB, 1.7/5; UPN, 1.5/4.

In total viewers: Fox, 18.4 million; CBS, 11.2 million; NBC, 9.9 million; ABC, 9.6 million; WB, 4.3 million; UPN, 3.2 million.

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