UPDATE, 8:59 AM: Game 1 of the World Series last night not only saw a win by the Boston Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals but also for Fox who was easily No. 1 with a 4.1/11 rating and 13.730 million viewers. The Fenway Park match-up Wednesday between the 2004 World Series competitors hit a home run for the network with a 28% rise in fast nationals from last year’s all-time low of 3.2/9, which went up to 3.6/10 in the final numbers. With big audience draws like the Red Sox and the Cardinals, this year’s Game 1 also rose 25% in fast national viewership to 13.73 million over 2012’s 11.0 million, which went up to 12.2 in the final numbers. And as good as that is for Fox, there’s a little bit of historical wind at the Red Sox’s back too – every team that has won Game 1 since 1993 has gone on to win the World Series. Also, the Red Sox have won their last 9 World Series games (2004, 2007 and last night) in a row and the last time these two teams faced off in the World Series 9 years ago, Boston swept the series. As always with live events like the start of the 109th World Series, fast nationals are not time zone adjusted, so expect shifts in the final numbers later in the day.
Facing the World Series almost everything else on TV last night was down from last week. Airing its 300th episode, CSI (2.1/6) saw the return of Marg Helgenberger to the show on CBS last night. The 10 PM show also was the one rise of the night among the non-World Series telecasts with a 5% bop over last week to match its October 2 season high. Wednesday’s strongly promoted CSI also had its best viewership numbers of the season so far with 10.37 million watching. The same upturn could not be said for Survivor: Blood vs Water (2.3/7). The reality series saw a challenge mix up and an unretrieved fishing trap last night as well as a 12% drop to hit a series low excluding specials and recaps shows. At 9 PM, Criminal Minds (2.7/7) held even with its October 16 show. CBS was No. 2 last night with a rating of 2.4/7 and 10.37 million viewers.
Coming off a low last week, Revolution (1.4/4) was flat in the fifth week of its second season. If the shaky dystopian drama was unmoved, Wednesday’s Law & Order: SVU (1.4/4) was down. With its Anthony Weiner-esque storyline, last night’s telecast fell 22% to it a season low. The last show of the now cancelled Ironside (0.8/2) did not even get a dead cat bounce last night. With NBC having pulled the plug on the Blair Underwood-led remake on October 18, the fourth week of the short-lived series was down 22% from its October 16 telecast
Back after a week off due to October 16’s Toy Story Of TERROR Halloween special, The Middle (2.1/7) slipped 5% from its October 9th performance to hit a season low. At 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM respectively, new comedies Back In The Game (1.7/5) and Super Fun Night (2.2/6) were down 11% to a new low and up 5% from last week’s low. The highest rated show of the night after the baseball game, Modern Family (3.8/10) dipped 7% from the week before to a season low. Nashville (1.6/4) remained even with its October 16 show. On The CW, both Arrow (0.9/3) and lead-out newbie The Tomorrow People (0.6/2) saw a two tenths drop from their October 16 performances.
PREVIOUSLY, 8:13 AM: It wasn’t the rout that pitcher Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox prevailed 8-1 upon the error prone St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series but looks like Fox had a good night. In household metered market results, last night’s ballgame got a 9.4/16 from the 8.8/14 of last year’s Game 1 on October 24 between the SF Giants and the Detroit Tigers — up 7% for Fox over last year. Not only does that mean an upturn from the all time low series opener of last year but it could signal a ratings turnaround from the all-time low of 2012′s World Series, which only went 4 games. You can bet Fox is praying this series goes to at least 5 or even 7 games like the better results of the Cardinals and Texas Rangers 2011 faceoff.
We’ll update with fast nationals for the game and other shows on TV last night later this morning.
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