Early Wednesday Results: World Series Popular, Pushing Daisies Not

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October 23rd, 2008

The first game of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays got a 10.4/17 (household rating/share) in the early metered market numbers between 8:30-11pm. Yes, I know Berman wrote 9.4/17, but when you actually average the half hour data he provided, it's a 10.4. Much bigger than the metered market results for the NLCS game 5 did in the metered markets last week (5.7/9).

Keep in mind that these early metered market numbers are always subject to change, but will definitely change because of the way live events are measured. Still, game one could pull in 15 million viewers, which surprises me. I watched last night, and it was a nice close game. If this series can get to six or seven games and those metered market numbers were a fair indicator, it may not wind up the lowest-rated World Series ever.

Pushing Daisies fans: this week: 4.2/6, last week: 4.7/7. If these numbers hold, the trend is definitely not your friend. We'll see what's really up when the fast affiliate data arrives. Dirty Sexy Money got a 4.2/7, so things aren't looking great for DSM fans either,

NBC didn't have a great night, though Knight Rider did narrowly do better than PD with a 4.3/7. And Deal or No Deal had a season-low 4.5/7. Lipstick Jungle? More people see Brooke Shields in her Volkswagen commercials.

CBS came in second to Fox with its comedy block, Criminal Minds and CSI: NY

Over on CW, the premiere of Stylista didn't seem to resonate with the America's Next Top Model fanbase. ANTM got a 3.4/6 at 8pm, and Stylista dove down to a 1.9/3 at 9pm. The devil is in the 18-34 female details though, and if those numbers are any good for Stylista, we're sure we'll hear about them...

Check back later for the full overnight post with viewer numbers and demographic ratings.

You can check out the full metered market numbers via Marc Berman.

Metered Market Overnight Ratings: This is normally the first available ratings information, and is based on the electronic measurement service that Nielsen provides in 56 of the nation’s largest markets. In each market a sample of homes is selected to represent that individual market. Often, networks or syndicators provide metered market information as an early indicator of a program’s performance. In aggregate, the 56 metered markets represent 79,890,610 homes, or 70% of all U.S. TV households. Preliminary metered market data are available as early as 8:00AM (ET). Final metered market information, reflecting line-up changes, pre-emptions and runovers, are normally available by 3:30PM (ET).

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