CBS, Fox tie in first night of sweeps

World Series down significantly from last year

CBS and Fox tied on the first night of November sweeps Thursday, though, without an East Coast team vying for a championship, the World Series is way down from a year ago when the Yankees and Phillies were in the mix.

“The Big Bang Theory” (4.1 rating/12 share in the 18-49 demo, 12.8 million viewers) was the top-rated show for the night and on par from a week ago; same for 8:30 sitcom “Bleep My Dad Says” (3.1/9, 10.8m).

With 8 o’clock special “Scared Shrekless” (2.5/8, 8.1m) in the mix, NBC performed admirably until 10 p.m. That’s when “The Apprentice” (1.4/4, 3.8m) got walloped by both “The Mentalist” (3.2/9, 14.6m), the most watched watch show of the night, and “Private Practice” (2.7/8, 7.7m).

The Peacock saw advances from a week ago on all its half-hour skeins. “Community” (2.4/7, 5.6m) had the advantage of the “Shrekless” lead-in, rather than starting off the night, and was up 26%, drawing its biggest total aud in more than a year. “The Office” (3.9/10, 8m) rose 15% and “Outsourced” (2.7/7, 5.9m) saw a 17% increase.

At the Eye, “CSI” (3.3/9, 14.1m) was consistent from a week ago while “The Mentalist” (3.2/9, 14.6m) edged up slightly.

The Giants victory in game two of the World Series has, natch, been a big hit in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Dallas, but much of the rest of the country hasn’t found the matchup of the Giants and Rangers appealing. The game earned a 3.4/9 and 11.7 million viewers, which is down 42% from last year’s game two (5.8/16). In total viewers, 7.2 million viewers who watched last year didn’t tune in this time around.

If the Rangers are able to win a couple games as the Series shifts to Texas Saturday, the ratings will likely pick up. If the Giants are to sweep or win the Series in five games, it could be one of the lowest-rated World Series on record.

ABC, which was tops in 18-34 against everyone except Fox, started the night with annual special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (2.2/6, 6.9m) before “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.8/10, 10.6m) defeated all other 9 o’clock competition. “Private “Practice” (2.7/8, ,7.7m) was flat versus a week ago.

At the CW, “The Vampire Diaries” (1.7/5, 3.4m) and “Nikita” (1.0/3, 2.5m) didn’t see much movement from last Thursday.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.4/9; Fox, 3.4/9; ABC, 2.9/8; NBC, 2.4/7; Univision, 1.9/5; CW, 1.3/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.5 million; Fox, 12 million; ABC, 8.4 million; NBC, 5.9 million; Univision, 4.3 million; CW, 3 million.

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