Game 4 of Series Gives Fox a Nightly Win

Oct 27, 2006  •  Post A Comment

After rain delayed Game 4 from Wednesday, the World Series returned Thursday night to give Fox a firm ratings victory in the sixth week of the fall season.

Fox had a 4.5 rating among adults 18 to 49 for the evening, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen Media Research, which was enough to take the crown in a field cluttered with reruns. Fox was followed by a neck-and-neck ABC (4.1) and CBS (4.0).

Starting in the 8 p.m. hour, ABC’s “Ugly Betty” led with a 4.2, its lowest-rated performance to date. NBC’s reruns of “My Name Is Earl” and “The Office” earned 2.8 and 2.7, respectively. On CBS, a “Survivor” clip show (4.1) was the lowest-rated episode in the series’ history. The CW’s “Smallville” delivered a season-high 2.2.

The 9 p.m. hour saw a rerun of “CSI” become the top-rated show for the night (5.0), but that status will likely change in the nationals, as the World Series had a 4.9 in the preliminaries. Meanwhile a “Grey’s Anatomy” rerun on ABC garnered a 4.5, NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” a 3.5 and The CW’s “Supernatural” a 1.7.

For 10 p.m., it was a rerun hour, with another “Grey’s” (3.8), CBS’s “Shark” 2.9 and NBC’s “E.R.” (2.6).

For the season, ABC is leading the pack in the coveted 18 to 49 demographic.