World Series knocks rivals out of ratings ballpark

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Game 1 of the World Series delivered a clear ratings home run for Fox.

The Cardinals vs. Red Sox match-up had 14.4 million viewers and a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49, according to time-zone-adjusted ratings from Fox. That’s up 18 percent in viewers from last year and was easily enough to sweep the board Wednesday night, beating every broadcast show including ABC’s Modern Family.

Several shows were predictably lower given the fall classic competition. One notable exception: Rebel Wilson’s new comedy Super Fun Night had 5.9 million viewers and a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49, which at least matches last week despite a weaker Modern Family lead-in. NBC took the biggest hit with Law & Order: SVU down 22 percent and dead-show-walking Ironside down 20 percent (Would Ironside have collapsed that much if viewers didn’t know it had been cancelled? Mystery for the ages). CBS’ CSI got a modest uptick, 5 percent, with last night’s 300th episode featuring the return of Marg Helgenberger. The CW’s Arrow and new super-power drama The Tomorrow People both took a hit, the latter sinking into Nikita territory.

Full Chart:

 NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-11P WORLD SERIES S 5.4 14,400
ABC 8:00P MIDDLE- 2.1 8,193
8:30P BACK-GAME- 1.7 6,240
9:00P MODRN FMLY- 3.8 10,288
9:30P SUPER-NGHT- 2.2 5,956
10-11P NASHVILLE- 1.6 5,518
CBS 8-9P SURVIVOR- 2.3 9,366
9-10P CRIMNL MINd- 2.7 11,484
10-11P CSI-CBS 2.1 10,249
NBC 8-9P REVOLUTION- 1.4 5,048
9-10P LAW&O:SVU- 1.4 5,541
10-11P IRONSIDE- 0.8 3,880
CW 8-9P ARROW- 0.9 2,812
9-10P TOMORRW PPL- 0.6 1,889
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