Tuesday Tie Between Fox, ABC

Oct 25, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The World Series gave Fox a considerable boost in the Tuesday ratings, but ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” still had enough orbital pull to draw a tie for the night in the coveted 18 to 49 demographic.

Fox and ABC both earned a 4.2 average rating in the demo, according to preliminary ratings from Nielsen Media Research. ABC won the night among households with a 10.4, according to the early numbers.

Game 3 on Fox between Detroit and St. Louis garnered a 4.2 in the demo (a rating that could shift significantly in the nationals). That’s enough to give Fox the No. 2 program for the evening after “Dancing,” but this year’s overall World Series ratings continue to disappoint. The games are tracking as the least-watched World Series to date.

ABC’s “Dancing” earned a 5.3, down slightly and presumably due to the World Series, but is still a very strong performance. The sitcom “Help Me Help You,” helped by its “Dancing” lead-in, scored a 3.3.

Over on third-place NBC, the critically acclaimed freshman drama “Friday Night Lights” continued to underwhelm, essentially matching its season-to-date average with a 2.6.

Elsewhere, the evening was a sea of procedural reruns. NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” pulled a 3.3, and “Law & Order: SVU earned a 3.9. CBS’s “NCIS, “The Unit” and “Criminal Minds” all scored a 2.9.

The CW had some good news with “Veronica Mars” (1.4) posting a series-high rating among key demo female teens and its second-best delivery to date in viewers 18 to 49. The episode featured a guest appearance by “Gilmore Girls'” Matt Czuchry. “Gilmore” also performed well (2.0), pulling season-high numbers in female teens and households.