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Ratings: Fox Wins Wednesday As World Series Rebounds

UPDATE: In updated national estimates from Nielsen released Thursday afternoon, Game 2 of the World Series on Fox averaged a 3.4 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 12.92 million viewers overall, up 6% in total viewers and steady in the demo vs. Game 1 on Tuesday. This is the third smallest Game 2 audience to date — ahead of Texas-San Francisco in 2012 (12.34 million) and Tampa Bay-Philadelphia in 2008 (12.78 million). The series, now tied at one win apiece, is guaranteed to extend through at least a Game 5 on Sunday.

On the entertainment side, ABC saw one-tenth upticks for comedies “The Middle” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 7.29 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 7.05 million viewers overall) and “Modern Family” (3.4/10 in 18-49, 10.16 million viewers overall) but a one-tenth decline for “Black-ish” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 7.95 million viewers overall), which was a bit below its previous low of 2.5 set last week.

The only other demo adjustment in the nationals was a 0.1 gain for CBS’ “Criminal Minds” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 9.92 million viewers overall).

As a result of the night’s upward revisions, “The Middle,” “Goldbergs” and “Criminal Minds” all ended up a tick vs. their most recent original, and “Modern Family” matched its most recent score.

 

Fox won Wednesday’s ratings race with Game 2 of the World Series, a more competitive contest that performed better than Tuesday’s opener. There wasn’t much movement among the night’s entertainment series, with most shows on par with their most recent episode.

In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the World Series averaged an 8.8 household rating/14 share — up 10% from Tuesday’s Game 1 (8.0/13) for the best improvement from Game 1 to Game 2 in eight years. The game started slowly (6.4/11 from 8 to 8:30 p.m.) but grew steadily until its peak half-hour of 10-10:30 p.m. (10.3/16), when the Kansas City Royals broke the game open with a big bottom of the sixth inning.

The game earned a 28.7/50 in San Francisco and a 49.6/71 in Kansas City.

In Nielsen’s fast nationals, Fox’s stations averaged a 2.9/9 in 18-49 and 11.1 million total viewers from 8 to 11 p.m., good enough to win the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Game 2 is projected to be Fox’s highest-rated primetime telecast since “American Idol” in February.

ABC and CBS tied for second place in adults 18-49, with the former’s “Modern Family” (3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall) and “Blackish” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) standing as the night’s top two shows in 18-49 and in line with last week. “Blackish” again was the top series in the demo for its 9:30 p.m. half-hour (edging out “Criminal Minds” on CBS) while drawing its second largest overall audience to date.

ABC opened Wednesday with “The Middle” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) and “The Goldbergs” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), which matched their most recent episode of two weeks ago. “Nashville” was similarly steady at 10 (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), placing third among the broadcast dramas.

At CBS, “Survivor” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) was in line with last week, holding off the ABC comedies as the 8 o’clock hour’s top entertainment program in 18-49. The net’s dramas “Criminal Minds” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) and “Stalker” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) were steady, with the latter holding at a 1.7 for three straight weeks and again beating its broadcast-drama competition in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers.

NBC’s dramas “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), “Law & Order: SVU” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) and “Chicago PD” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) all lost a tenth week to week. “Chicago PD” again retained more than 90% of its “SVU” demo lead-in, and nearly doubled the 0.8 that the short-lived “Ironside” did opposite the World Series in the timeslot a year ago.

CW’s “Arrow” had a good night (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) up double-digits week-to-week while logging its best men 18-34 score (1.1/5) since January. It didn’t do a lot to help “The 100” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), though, as the drama kicked off its second season by matching its 18-49 low.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.9/9; ABC, 2.1/7; CBS, 2.1/6; NBC, 1.5/4; Univision, 1.1/3; CW, 0.7/2; Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 11.1 million; CBS, 8.8 million; NBC, 7.4 million; ABC, 7.2 million; Univision, 2.8 million; CW, 2.0 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.

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