UPDATED: Fox’s coverage of the World Series is off to a strong ratings start, as Tuesday’s marathon affair between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals became the most-watched Game 1 in five years. Among its victims was ABC’s premiere of crime drama “Wicked City,” which opened very low in the night’s final hour.
According to Nielsen nationals, the Royals’ 14-inning victory over the Mets averaged a 4.6 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 14.94 million viewers overall, up 18% in the demo and 23% higher in total viewers from last year’s opener between the Royals and San Francisco Giants (3.9 in 18-49, 12.19 million total viewers). The last Game 1 to draw a larger total-viewer tally was the 2010 Fall Classic between the Giants and the Texas Rangers (15.01 million).
Fox dominated Tuesday overall, more than doubling the primetime demo average of runner-up CBS (4.3 vs. 1.9). It also drew roughly 2.6 million more total viewers than the Eye (14.78 million vs. 12.44 million).
The broadcast was not without its problems, however, as Fox lost power for about seven minutes in the fourth inning of the game. Once it was back and running, though, the rest of the game went off without a hitch.
Elsewhere in primetime, ABC drama “Wicked City” averaged a 0.9 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 and 3.28 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour, which has been perhaps the toughest hour of the week for the network to schedule in recent years. The 0.9 makes it the second lowest premiere of the fall on the Big Four networks in 18-49 and the lowest outside of lighter-watched Friday. If there’s a positive to be found in the show’s premiere performance is that it held its rating across the board in its second half-hour at a time when television viewing levels overall were declining.
NBC’s “Chicago Fire” dominated the 10 p.m. hour among the broadcasters (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.80 million viewers overall), rising 0.3 week to week for its best score since April. CBS’ “Limitless” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 7.45 million viewers overall), featuring another appearance by Bradley Cooper, held steady week to week.
NBC’s “The Voice” was the No. 1 entertainment program in 18-49 (2.6/8 in 18-49, 10.22 million viewers overall), down a tick from last week, as was leadoff hitter “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.18 million viewers overall).
CBS was in line with recent weeks with “NCIS” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 16.81 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 13.06 million viewers overall), which were again the night’s most-watched series overall.
At ABC, “The Muppets” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.33 million viewers overall) and “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.07 million viewers overall), which had no Fox comedy competition for the first time, were both up a tenth after taking last week off. Also holding its own was “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 7.45 million viewers overall).
CW’s “The Flash” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.43 million viewers overall) was down slightly from last week but remained the top-rated series for the 8 o’clock hour in both adults 18-34 (1.1/4) and men 18-34 (1.3/5). And “iZombie” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.47 million viewers overall) may have gotten a Halloween-week boost, rising in most categories vs. last week.
Despite going up against the start of the World Series, TNT’s coverage of the opening night of the NBA season averaged was up about 15% from last year. The Cleveland-Chicago opener at 8 p.m. ET averaged a 1.5 in 18-49 and 3.46 million total viewers, and the late game between New Orleans and defending champion Golden State netted a 1.25 in the demo and 2.53 million viewers overall.