Cubs go out ratings winner

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

They may have not advanced to the World Series for the first time in nearly 60 years, but the Chicago Cubs went out a ratings winner Wednesday, as their game against the Florida Marlins on Fox produced the best numbers for a League Championship Series contest in at least 10 years.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, Fox’s coverage of Game 7 of the National League CS will average at least a 9.3 rating/24 share among adults 18-49 and more than 24 million viewers overall. It’s at least the best ratings for this round since Game 6 of the NLCS in 1993.

ABC fared best among the other networks, paced by “The Bachelor” (5.7/14 in adults 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall), “My Wife and Kids” (4.3/12 in adults 18-49, 11 million viewers overall) and “It’s All Relative” (4.2/11 in adults 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall). All three programs trailed only baseball in their timeslots.

NBC was led by a repeat of “Law & Order” at 10 (4.8/12 in adults 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall) that beat the combined demo deliveries of firstrun dramas “Karen Sisco” on ABC (2.7/7 in adults 18-49, 8 million viewers overall) and “The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.” on CBS (2.0/5 in adults 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall).

CBS, which ran fourth or lower in most key categories on the night, was led by “King of Queens” at 9 (3.0/7 in adults 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 9.3/23; ABC, 4.2/11; NBC, 3.7/10; WB, 2.6/7; CBS, 2.1/5; UPN, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: Fox, 24.3 million; NBC, 10.5 million; ABC, 10.1 million; CBS, 7.9 million; WB, 5.6 million; UPN, 2.7 million.

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