Fox won Tuesday’s ratings race in key demos behind Game 1 of the World Series, even if the Giants’ easy victory over the Royals came in below last year in the prelims. CBS had good news for its rookie drama “NCIS: New Orleans,” which delivered its best rating since its premiere, while NBC’s comedy “Marry Me” fell off by acceptable margins in its second week.
Ratings for live sports are always subject to revision due to time zone differences, but Game 1 of the World Series averaged a 2.9 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers overall on the Fox stations between 8 and 11 p.m., with these final game numbers likely to rise a bit in the nationals. Last year’s opener between St. Louis and Boston, played on a Wednesday, ended up doing a 4.2/13 in 18-49 and about 14.4 million viewers overall.
In the metered-market overnights, which are not affected by time zone differences, Tuesday’s game did roughly an 8.5 household rating/14 share — down from a 9.8/15 for last year.
Fox is expected to win the night in adults 18-49 and 25-54 as well as all male demos, while CBS will prevail in total viewers behind its tandem of “NCIS” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 16.9 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall).
The original “NCIS” was down a bit from last week (and about half a ratings point lower than last year), but its first-year spinoff was up two tenths to match its series premiere score of Sept. 23. “NCIS: New Orleans” was nearly on par with last year’s “NCIS: Los Angeles” in the timeslot (2.5). “New Orleans” is the fall’s most-watched new program overall.
“Person of Interest” closed out the night for CBS with a second-place 18-49 finish among the broadcasters (1.5/5, 9.3 million viewers overall), flat with last week but down noticeably from last year.
CW’s “The Flash” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) cooled a bit in the broader 18-49 (1.4/4) and total-viewer (3.4 million) categories in its third week but held steady in adults 18-34 (1.3/5). It again beat ABC’s comedies in 18-49 while tying “NCIS” in adults 18-34 (1.3/5). Veteran “Supernatural” was down slightly at 9 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall).
At NBC, “The Voice” (3.1/10 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall) continues to stand as the night’s top series in young adults, but was down about 10% week to week and fell a full ratings point from its 4.1 rating in the 9 o’clock hour last year .
Following the music contest, new comedy “Marry Me” held up OK (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) — down in the 15%-20% range from its premiere, depending on how it finishes in the nationals. While that falloff is typical for a new show (especially one that gets a reduced lead-in in its second week), the competition last night was probably more favorable than last week when Fox aired a comedy (“New Girl”) targeting a similar audience.
“About a Boy” followed at 9:30 p.m. (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), also down in the 15%-20% range, and the night was capped by “Chicago Fire” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall), which continues to impress in its third season. “Fire” matched its week-ago score and again was a solid No. 1 in 18-49 among the 10 p.m. broadcast dramas. And despite a lead-in that was about one third of what it got last year with “The Voice,” “Chicago Fire” came within 10% of last year’s 2.1.
At ABC, “Selfie” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from last week but lead-out “Manhattan Love Story” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) dropped 0.2 to its low — and the lowest for any new Big Four scripted series this fall. The comedies were followed by “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), which was also down 0.2 to its low, and “Forever” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), which was up a tick and continues to be more competitive than recent ABC shows in the timeslot.
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.9/9; NBC, 2.2/7; CBS, 2.1/6; ABC, 1.2/4; CW and Univision, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.5/2.
In total viewers: CBS, 14.0 million; Fox, 10.7 million; NBC, 8.1 million; ABC, 4.1 million; Univision, 2.9 million; CW, 2.7 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.