LOS ANGELES (AP) – Baseball has been particularly good for Fox as the Atlanta-Houston World Series lifted the network to its first weekly rankings win in a young TV season.
The series has recovered from last year’s competition, which hit record lows due to the pandemic and competition in the 2020 presidential election.
The Houston Astros were set to defeat the Atlanta Braves, then 3-1 in the series, according to Nielsen on Tuesday.
The Astros’ 9-5 victory attracted 13.6 million viewers – 35% more than the 10 million viewers who watched the fifth match of the Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 defeat the Tampa Bay Rays.
Last year, the Dodgers beat the Rays with six games, dropping the channel’s ratings 32% from the previous World Series low, the 2012 San Francisco Giants’ four-game victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Bragging rights also went to football and NBC last week, and NFL regular season games took the top two spots in a week.
Overall, Fox averaged 11.9 million primetime viewers, followed by NBC with 5.4 million. CBS 3.9 million, ABC 3.5 million, Univision 1.3 million, ION Television 970,000, and Telemundo 930,000.
Fox News Channel was the most watched primetime cable channel with an average of 2.21 million viewers. It is followed by ESPN with 2.17 million, Hallmark with 1.28 million, MSNBC with 1.11 million, and HGTV with 857,000.
ABC’s World News Tonight topped the top-rated evening news competition with an average of 8.1 million viewers. NBC’s Nightly News grossed 7 million and CBS Evening News 5.2 million.
For the week from October 25 to October 31, the 20 best prime-time programs, their networks and viewers:
NFL football: Green Bay in Arizona, Fox, 20.3 million.
NFL Football: Dallas to Minnesota, NBC, 15.7 million.
MLB World Series Game 5, Fox, 13.6 million.
OT Fox, 13.3 million.
MLB Pregame (Sunday) Fox, 12.5 million.
NFL Pregame (Sunday), NBC, 11.8 million.
MLB World Series Game 3, Fox, 11.2 million.
NFL Football: New Orleans to Seattle, ESPN, 11.19 million.
MLB World Series Game 1, Fox, 10.8 million.
MLB World Series Game 4, Fox, 10.5 million.
NFL Pregame (Thursday) Fox, 10.46 million.
MLB World Series Game 2, Fox, 10.3 million.
NFL Pregame (Sunday), NBC, 9.2 million.
Young Sheldon, CBS, 7.2 million.
“60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.11 million.
Football Saturday Night: Pennsylvania in Ohio, ABC, 7.1 Million.
The Voice (Monday), NBC, 6.9 million.
Chicago Fire, NBC, 6.801 million.
Chicago Honey, NBC, 6.8 million.
The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 6.7 million.