Winners and Losers Among Networks as World Series Goes Seven Games

Oct 28, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A dramatic comeback by the St. Louis Cardinals in Thursday’s game six of the World Series, pushing the Series to a seventh and final game tonight, was good news for Fox, which stands to benefit in the ratings from its broadcast of tonight’s game, Deadline.com reports.

But it appears to be bad news for NBC, with the return of “Chuck” and the series premiere of “Grimm” now forced to compete for viewers with the World Series finale pitting the Cardinals against the Texas Rangers.

The scheduling problem for NBC is partly attributable to bad weather, with the final two games originally scheduled for a day earlier. Wednesday’s scheduled game six in St. Louis was rained out, with the game moved to Thursday. Then NBC’s bad luck continued with the Cardinals’ improbable comeback and 11th-inning victory — setting up the first World Series game seven in nine years, the story notes.

NBC has been hyping the new series "Grimm" and the final-season premiere of "Chuck" for months.

Other networks appear to have less at stake tonight. CBS made a late decision to air reruns rather than waste fresh episodes of "A Gifted Man," "CSI: NY" and "Blue Bloods," TVLine.com reports. CBS will repeat episodes of "A Gifted Man," "CSI: NY" and "CSI: Miami" instead.

The CW is showing new episodes of "Nikita" and "Supernatural," while ABC has scheduled two hours of "Extreme Makeover" and "20/20."

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