Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox finished its postseason baseball run a winner Wednesday night, as the Chicago White Sox’s victory over the Houston Astros to capture the World Series dominated the night in key ratings categories.

Although preliminary national results are murky due to the live nature of the game, Wednesday’s contest averaged a 14.8 household rating/24 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights — the highest for this postseason but down 25% from last year’s fourth and final game between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.

Elsewhere, ABC comedies “George Lopez” (3 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) and “Freddie” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) were the top non-sports choice in demos from 8 to 9, comfortably ahead of NBC’s firstrun “E-Ring” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) and repeats of CBS comedies “Still Standing” and “Yes, Dear.” UPN’s “America’s Next Top Model” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) remained solid, winning the hour in women 18-34.

ABC didn’t do much with a repeat of “Lost” at 9 (3.5/9 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall), finishing in a virtual tie for second with a repeat of CBS drama “Criminal Minds” (3.6/7 in 18-49, 12.8 million viewers overall). The first “Lost” repeat of the season enabled viewers to sample other shows, and NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” (3/7 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), UPN’s “Veronica Mars” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and the WB’s “Related” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) all hit season highs.

CBS ran second to baseball at 10 with an original “CSI: NY” (4.7/12 in 18-49, 14.5 million viewers overall), followed by a firstrun “Invasion” on ABC (3.6/9 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) and a repeat “Law & Order” on NBC (3/7 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 5.5/14; ABC, 3.4/9; CBS, 3.4/9; UPN, 2.1/5; WB, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: Fox, 17.3 million; CBS, 11.4 million; ABC, 8.7 million; NBC, 8.2 million; UPN, 4.5 million; WB, 3 million.

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