Big playoff payoff

'Loser' plump for Peacock on Tuesday

Baseball continues to be very, very good to Fox: For the second year in a row, ratings have surged as both of the League Championship Series advanced to seven games.

Wednesday night’s New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox Game 7 in the American League was expected to top the “CSI” season premiere as the fall’s top-rated program, but Tuesday’s Game 6 didn’t fare too shabbily. It dominated the competish and gave Fox its best night since the finale of the third edition of “American Idol” last May.

On the series side Tuesday, NBC got off to a solid start with unscripted weight-loss skein “The Biggest Loser,” and UPN’s “Veronica Mars” inched up to new highs with its fourth episode.

According to national estimates from Nielsen Media Research, Fox rolled on Tuesday with Boston’s victory over New York, which averaged a big 9.5 rating/25 share and 25.09 million viewers overall from 8:17 p.m. to 12:10 a.m. ET — up a big 40% vs. last year’s comparable Game 6 of the Chicago Cubs-Florida Marlins series.

Only three episodes of “CSI” and the season premiere of “ER” have generated a higher 18-49 rating this season.

Wednesday’s Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros, which the Cards won in extra innings, served as the lead-in to the Red Sox-Yankees clincher on Fox.

Net will also carry the World Series beginning Saturday night.

Elsewhere Tuesday, NBC’s unscripted weight-loss competition series “The Biggest Loser” opened with some heft (4.1/10 in adults 18-49, 9.90 million viewers overall from 8 to 9:30), doing solid numbers in the 8 o’clock hour and then ballooning to a 5.1/12 in 18-49 for its final 30 minutes.

Figures rep NBC’s best series showing in the timeslot since February.

Skein, which also netted a 3.9/11 in 18-34 and a 4.5/10 in 25-54, placed second to baseball in these demos. It will air in its regular hourlong format from 8 to 9 beginning next week.

On UPN, “Veronica Mars” (1.4/3 in 18-49, 3.12m) remained sixth for the 9 o’clock hour but was up a tick to a new high in adults 18-34 (1.6/4), teaming with “All of Us” and “Eve” for the net’s most-watched Tuesday of the fall.

Also providing year-to-year growth in the same hour was the WB’s hot “One Tree Hill” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 4.50m), but news wasn’t as good for CBS newbie “Clubhouse” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 7.55m), which fell to its lowest scores to date. Latter shifts to its new Saturday 8 o’clock slot on Nov. 6.

Peacock’s “Law & Order: SVU” ruled the night’s 10 p.m. hour (5.5/13 in 18-49, 12.62m) and continues to perform ahead of last year’s pace.

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