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The final two games of the World Series — including Wednesday’s clincher, which scored especially big ratings — lifted Fox to its second straight weekly victory in young adults, while ABC claimed the frame’s top two rookies in young adults.

ABC has had a good start to the season, even if lacks NFL games that help pump up the overall numbers of its rivals. Last week, despite a fourth-place finish in adults 18-49, the net had nice showings by young shows like newcomers “Black-ish” (2.7 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 7.67 million viewers overall) and “How to Get Away With Murder” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 8.68 million) as well as sophomore “The Goldbergs” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 6.91 million).

The net’s “Scandal,” meanwhile, remained broadcast’s No. 1 drama in 18-49 (3.1/9 in 18-49, 9.32 million viewers overall), and “Once Upon a Time” was tied with CBS’ “NCIS” as the frame’s No. 3-rated drama on the Big Four (2.6/7 in 18-49, 7.54 million viewers overall).

Fox’s coverage of Game 7 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals averaged a 6.6 rating/20 share in adults 18-49 and 23.52 million viewers overall on Wednesday, picking up more than 10 million viewers from the previous night’s Game 6 (3.5/11 in 18-49, 13.37 million viewers overall).

Despite the impressive demo rating for the World Series closer (the best number for a non-NFL program on Fox in two years), it had to settle for fourth place — behind AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (7.6/19 in 18-49, 14.52 million viewers overall), ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” (6.9/20 in 18-49, 18.81 million) and NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” (6.7/18 in 18-49, 18.59 million). In total viewers, though, it was a clear No. 1.

Overall for the week of Oct. 27-Nov. 2, according to Nielsen “live plus same-day” estimates, Fox led in adults 18-49 with a 2.3 rating/7 share, followed among the broadcasters by CBS (2.2/7), NBC (2.1/7), ABC (1.7/5), Univision (1.1/3) and CW (0.7/3).

CBS won in adults 25-54 (3.0 rating vs. 2.7 for NBC and Fox) and dominated as usual in total viewers (10.8 million vs. 8.1 million for runner-up Fox).

It wasn’t a good week for most of the rookie comedies, as NBC’s Tuesday newbie “Marry Me” slid 17% more in its third outing (to 1.5/4) and Thursday’s “Bad Judge” (0.9/3) and “A to Z” (0.7) hit lows and were promptly cancelled. CBS’ “The McCarthys” looked shaky out of the gate on Thursday (1.7/5), and Fox’s “Mulaney” may not be able to ride out its 13-episode order after it too fell to a 0.7 on Sunday.

On the drama side, NBC’s Friday newbie “Constantine” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.06 million viewers overall) lost 0.5 in its second week (though some of this might be explained by it being Halloween and its “Grimm” lead-in also taking a hit). CW’s “Jane the Virgin” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.09 million viewers overall) dropped a bit for a second straight week following its modest premiere.

But at CBS, a strong lead-in from “60 Minutes” (which aired after a big NFL game) helped “Madam Secretary” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 13.21 million) draw best-since-premiere scores.

FX had the week’s top two non-zombie cable dramas in 18-49 with “American Horror Story” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 4.51 million) and “Sons of Anarchy” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 3.96 million).

NFL Network began its exclusive carriage of “Thursday Night Football” with the New Orleans-Carolina game (2.3/7 in 18-49, 6.88m), but the package didn’t seem to get any boost from its big-stage exposure the previous seven weeks on CBS. On a busy sports night, it didn’t fare a whole lot better than either the NBA game between New York and Cleveland on TNT (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.02 million) or the college football game between Florida State and Louisville on ESPN (1.6/4, 4.97 million).

Discovery’s “Gold Rush” continues to do well on Friday (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.57 million viewers overall), standing as cable’s No. 1 series for the night in both men and women 25-54, And two nights later, the net’s special “Skyscraper Live” did solid numbers (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.82 million viewers overall), though last year’s Nik Wallenda daredevil stunt was nearly twice as big.

 

WEEKLY NETWORK RANKINGS
(Live plus same-day for Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014)

Adults 18-49
Fox                  2.3/7
CBS                 2.2/7
NBC                2.1/7
ABC                1.7/5
UNI                1.1/3
CW                 0.7/2

Total Viewers (in millions)
CBS              10.82
Fox                 8.13
NBC               7.58
ABC               6.70
UNI               2.73
CW                1.65

PRIMETIME PROGRAM RANKINGS
(Live plus same-day for Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014)

Adults 18-49
1.  The Walking Dead (AMC), 7.6/21
2.  Monday Night Football (ESPN), 6.9/20
3.  Sunday Night Football (NBC), 6.7/18
5.  World Series: Game 7-Wednesday (Fox), 6.6/20
6.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 4.1/11
7.  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 3.7/11
8.  World Series: Game 6-Tuesday (Fox), 3.5/11
8.  Modern Family (ABC), 3.5/10
10.  60 Minutes (CBS), 3.4/9
11.  Scandal (ABC), 3.1/9
12.  Talking Dead (AMC), 3.0/9
13.  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 2.9/9
14.  How to Get Away With Murder (ABC), 2.7/8
14.  Black-ish (ABC), 2.7/8
16.  NCIS (CBS), 2.6/8
16.  Once Upon a Time (ABC), 2.6/7
18.  Mom (CBS), 2.5/8
18.  The Blacklist (NBC), 2.5/7
20.  Two and a Half Men (CBS), 2.4/7
20.  2 Broke Girls (CBS), 2.4/7

Total Viewers
1.  World Series: Game 7-Wednesday (Fox), 23.52
2.  Monday Night Football (ESPN), 18.81
3.  Sunday Night Football (NBC), 18.60
4.  60 Minutes (CBS), 17.80
5.  NCIS (CBS), 17.53
6.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 16.25
7.  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS), 16.09
8.  The Walking Dead (AMC), 14.52
9.  World Series: Game 6-Tuesday (Fox), 13.37
10.  Madam Secretary (CBS), 13.21
11.  Dancing With the Stars (ABC), 12.62
12.  The Voice (NBC), 12.48
13.  Blue Bloods (CBS), 11.39
14.  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 11.35
15.  Mom (CBS), 11.13
16.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 10.48
17.  The Good Wife (CBS), 10.45
18.  Scorpion (CBS), 10.39
19.  Two and a Half Men (CBS), 10.29
20.  Modern Family (ABC), 9.92