Fox, ABC top Tuesday

Moning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC and Fox ran neck and neck among young adults on Tuesday, with the Alphabet again riding “Dancing With the Stars” and Fox above average thanks to the World Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ 5-0 whitewashing of the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the World Series, which aired from 8:30 to 11:45 p.m. ET, is expected to produce roughly a 5 rating among adults 18-49 and more than 15 million viewers overall, based on preliminary Nielsen results. In metered-market overnight households, the contest delivered an 11.2 rating/18 share — down 15% from the 13.1/21 for Game 3 of the Chicago White Sox-Houston Astros series, which went 14 innings.

At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” (5.3 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, 20.6 million viewers overall) was down a bit from its season-high results of last week but again controlled its time period. “Help Me Help You” followed with slight gains over recent weeks (3.3/8 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall), and “Boston Legal” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall) was in line with its average.

NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) was on par with last week and remained fourth in its slot, while a repeat of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” placed third at 9 (3.3/8 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) and a repeat of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” ran second to baseball at 10 (3.9/10 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall).

CBS generated similar numbers for all three of its repeat dramas: “NCIS” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall), “The Unit” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) and a special “Criminal Minds” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.2/11; ABC, 4.2/11; NBC, 3.3/9; CBS, 2.9/8; CW, 1.5/4; Univision, 1.5/4.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.6 million; Fox, 13.9 million; CBS, 10.2 million; NBC, 8.7 million; CW, 4.0 million; Univision, 3.3 million.

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