In the early, always subject to change (especially when there is a live event) metered market numbers, ABC led the night on the strength of Dancing with the Stars with a 12.5/18 (household rating/share). Berman notes that the World Series game garnered a 9.4/14 between 8:30pm-11pm. But there was a rain delay the latter part of that time period and then the game was suspended. It will resume tonight, weather permitting at 8:30pmish on Fox with Philadelphia batting in the bottom of the sixth inning (translation: no House or Fringe tonight if the weather in Philly is OK).
Mr. Berman labeled one of my fave's Chuck, a loser with a 4.2/6 but he is comparing how the show did last year (and the decreases year over year our unfortunate). But last week it also had a 4.2/6 and has been inching towards renewal in our Cancel/Renew Index. Given that a.) last night's episode might have been the worst of the entire series (I liked the ending though) and b.) that My Own Worst Enemy has sunk from a 5.2/8 for its premiere to a 3.7/6 last night, and c.) that the show got a full season order and d.) it's NBC, I am not worried about Chuck being canceled anytime soon. Though come April or so, I will worry about it being renewed. But, CBS decided to run repeats against the World Series and the repeats of The Big Bang Theory (5.3/8) and How I Met Your Mother (4.9/7) fared better than Chuck. Yet, NBC programming "guru" Ben Silverman is still out there talking trash!
Don't even get started on Heroes (which once a hit, i now still a demo success but only pulled a 5.0/8 at 9pm) -- I can only be mad at myself here though -- for still watching it.
Gossip Girl (2.3/3) and One Tree Hill (2.2/3) were more or less on par last week, but the devil is in the 18-34 female details, which we won't see until CW issues a press release.
You can read the full metered market report 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).