World Series cancellation on Fox propels Alphabet

With the World Series on Fox postponed due to rain, ABC was best Wednesday night as all five of its programs performed well.

Best was a Halloween-themed repeat of ”Modern Family,” which earned a 4.4 rating/12 share in the 18-49 demo and 11.3 million viewers overall, according to early Nielsen estimates.

All other programming on the Alphabet was first run and ”The Middle,” ”Suburgatory” and ”Happy Endings” all hit series highs both in total viewers and in the demo.

”Happy Endings” (3.5/9, 8.3m) saw a nice uptick from a week ago and, combined with ”Modern Family,” was tops in the 9 o’clock hour among all competitors. At 10, ”Revenge” drew a healthy 2.8/7, 8.7m.

However, to put ABC’s win in perspective, all series for the night among Big Four nets were in rerun mode, except for ”Survivor” (3.4/10, 11.5m) at 8 p.m. for CBS.

”Survivor,” in fact, had its top demo total since Sept. 14 and its highest overall viewers since December. And, to the Eye’s credit, despite the strong night for ABC, CBS was the most-watched network Wednesday.

NBC, anticipating going up against baseball, offered only repeats: ”Up All Night” (1.1/3, 3.8m) and ”Whitney” (1.2/3, 4.1m) in the 8 o’clock hour before switching to a drama doubleheader: ”Harry’s Law” (0.8/2, 4.4m) and ”Prime Suspect” (0.8/3, 3.5m).

To replace the World Series, Fox went with a pair of low-rated ”Glee” reruns.

The CW went with a ”Ringer” repeat (0.4/1, 1.2m) and ”America’s Next Top Model,” which hit cycle highs in the demo (1.0/3) and total viewers (2.2m). ”Model,” in fact, was third best at 9 o’clock in the 18-34 and 18-49 demos.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.3/9; CBS, 2.7/8; Univision, 1.6/4; NBC, 0.9/2; Fox, 0.7/2; CW, 0.7/2.

Total viewers: CBS, 10.6 million, 9.5 million; NBC, 3.9 million; Univision, 3.6 million; Fox, 2.3 million; CW, 1.7 million.

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