NEW YORK, N.Y. – The final two games of a World Series between two iconic franchises wasn’t enough for Fox to beat dominant CBS in the television ratings last week.
The sixth game, where the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals to win the series, reached 19.2 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. That’s nearly five million more than the audience for the fifth game. But the Red Sox win rendered unnecessary a climactic seventh game, which undoubtedly would have been a big draw.
The final game was just eclipsed in the ratings by television’s most popular show, “NCIS” on CBS.
Strong performances by “60 Minutes,” ”NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Person of Interest” also propelled CBS, which won handily despite airing a rerun of its most popular comedy, “The Big Bang Theory.”
CBS averaged 10.5 million for the week in prime time. Fox had 7.7 million, ABC and NBC tied at 7.43 million, Univision had 3.2 million, the CW had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.21 million and Telemundo had 1.2 million.
ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.3 million viewers in prime time. The Disney Channel had 1.96 million, USA had 1.95 million, Fox News Channel had 1.94 million and TBS had 1.8 million.
NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.7 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.8 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.8 million viewers.
For the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 3, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 19.3 million; World Series Game 6: St. Louis at Boston, Fox, 19.18 million; NFL Football: Indianapolis at Houston, NBC, 17.04 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 15.81 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 14.9 million; World Series Game 5: Boston at St. Louis, Fox, 14.45 million; “Walking Dead,” AMC, 13.31 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 13.28 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 13.22 million; “Person of Interest,” CBS, 12 million.
ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.