Fox claimed a prime-time ratings win on the opening night of the World Series, based on Nielsen overnights for Tuesday in the key 18-49 demo.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the game, in which the San Francisco Giants took an early lead and went on to trounce the Kansas City Royals 7-1, averaged a preliminary 2.9 rating in viewers 18-49 with 10.68 million total viewers. The report notes that the numbers are likely to change after final adjustments due to the nature of live sports coverage.
The numbers for the Series weren’t the best of the night, either in the demo or in total viewers. In viewers 18-49, NBC’s “The Voice” led all prime-time broadcast programs with a 3.1, and in total viewers, CBS’s “NCIS” was No. 1 with 16.88 million.
Both “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans” delivered 2.4 average ratings for CBS in adults 18-49, with the flagship series ticking down one-tenth of a point from last week while “N.O.” rose two-tenths. CBS’s “Person of Interest” remained at the series low it hit last week, a 1.5.
NBC led out from “The Voice” with “Marry Me,” which saw a decline of four-tenths from a week ago and hit a 1.9 average in 18-49. “About a Boy” was off three-tenths with a 1.4, while “Chicago Fire” held steady with a 1.9.
ABC’s results were mixed as the network drew an unusually low demo number for a big four network series with a 0.7 average in 18-49 for “Manhattan Love Story,” which was down two-tenths of a point from a week ago. The show’s lead-in, “Selfie,” drifted up one-tenth to a 1.1.
ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” fell two-tenths from a week ago to a series-low 1.5 average in viewers 18-49, while the 10 p.m. drama “Forever” climbed one-tenth to a 1.2.
CW fell just below ABC’s overall number as “The Flash” lost three-tenths from a week ago in 18-49 to record a 1.4 average while “Supernatural” slipped one-tenth to a 0.9.
For prime time overall, Fox’s preliminary 2.9 average in 18-49 led the way, followed by NBC (2.2 average), CBS (2.1), ABC (1.2) and CW (1.1). CBS held the lead in total viewers with 14.0 million, ahead of Fox (10.7 million), NBC (8.1 million), ABC (4.1 million) and CW (2.7 million).