Baseball picks up for Fox

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

A football overrun and the highest-rated postseason game this fall lifted Fox to victory in key demos as well as total viewers on Sunday, with ABC a solid runner-up.

Game 2 of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals should come in with about a 5.8 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 and 18.2 million viewers overall, a slight gain over the second contest last year between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros. The Tigers’ 3-1 victory ensures there will be at least a fifth game in the best-of-seven series, which continues Tuesday.

ABC was the non-sports leader in demos with each of its shows: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall), a repeat of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (4.9/12 in 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall), “Desperate Housewives” (8.0/18 in 18-49, 19.5 million viewers overall) and “Brothers & Sisters” (5.0/12 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall).

CBS was competitive throughout the night, paced from 9 to 11 by “Cold Case” (4.3/10 in 18-49, 14.6 million viewers overall) and “Without a Trace” (4.3/11 in 18-49, 14.8 million viewers overall).

NBC, with football on the sidelines in deference to the World Series, averaged a 2.4/6 in adults 18-49 and 5.7 million viewers overall from 8 to 11 with three special repeats of new hit drama “Heroes.”

In its second Sunday try, the CW’s “7th Heaven” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) was on par with the prior week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 5.4/14; ABC, 5.2/13; CBS, 3.7/9; NBC, 2.1/5; CW, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 16.1 million; ABC, 13.5 million; CBS, 13.1 million; NBC, 5.1 million; CW, 2.3 million.

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