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UPDATED TV Ratings Thursday: Fox Wins As Yankees Even World Series

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October 30th, 2009

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Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for FOX’s World Series Game 2 (Yankees vs. Phillies)  are approximate, however they have been time zone adjusted and are subject to less revision than typical for sports in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC CW Uni
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 5.7 3.8/10 3.5/9 2.4/6 1.7/4 1.3/3
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 4.8 3.6/10 2.2/6 2.6/8 1.9/5 1.4/4
Total Viewers (million) 18.954 10.541 14.117 5.559 3.533 3.514


Sports contests are falling Fox's way this fall, as the Yankees won game 2 of the World Series to even it, and the game averaged a 5.8 adults 18-49 rating and 18.9 million viewers (from 7:55-11:25pm) to win the night for Fox. That also topped every World Series Game 2 since 2004.

FlashForward fell 13% to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, it's lowest ever. Survivor: Samoa fell 8% from last week to a 3.7 rating.

Against baseball, Grey's Anatomy scored a 5.1 adults 18-49 rating down 4% from last week, but crushing CSI's 3.4 rating which was down 6% from its last new episode on 10/15.

At 10pm, Private Practice was down 3% to a 3.6 rating, just edging The Mentalist's 3.5 rating that was flat vs. last week.

NBC shows held up well vs. baseball, Community moved up 11% to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Parks & Recreation was flat with a 2.1 rating. The Office registered a 4.2 rating, also flat vs. last week. 30 Rock had a 3.0 rating, down 9% from last week. The Jay Leno Show came in with a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, effectively flat from last week.

For the CW, Vampire Diaries had its highest rating ever in adults 18-34 (2.3), matched its series high in women 18-34 (3.1 rating), and had its second best performance of the year in adults 18-49 (2.0 rating). Supernatural equaled its best ratings of the season in adults 18-34 (1.4 rating).
In Late-Night Local People Meters Thursday night:

  • Conan O'Brien (0.9/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS's Late Show (1.0/4) in Nielsen's 24 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.6/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) tied CBS's Late Late Show (0.6/4).

Note: No share data for the World Series Game 2 as yet.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
7:55 FOX World Series Game 2, Yankees v. Phillies 2.9 9.715
8:00 FOX World Series Game 2, Yankees v. Phillies 4.3 15.529
CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.6 10 12.326
ABC FlashForward 2.7 8 8.916
NBC Community 2.1 6 5.481
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.9 6 4.071
8:30 FOX World Series Game 2, Yankees v. Phillies 5.4 18.808
CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.8 10 12.654
ABC FlashForward 2.8 7 9.035
NBC Parks & Recreation 2.1 5 4.963
CW The Vampire Diaries 2.1 5 4.307
9:00 FOX World Series Game 2, Yankees v. Phillies 5.6 19.389
ABC Grey's Anatomy 5.0 12 13.182
NBC The Office 4.2 10 8.142
CBS CSI 3.3 8 14.622
CW Supernatural 1.3 3 2.921
9:30 FOX World Series Game 2, Yankees v. Phillies 5.8 19.624
ABC Grey's Anatomy 5.2 13 13.652
CBS CSI 3.5 9 15.261
NBC 30 Rock 3.0 7 6.011
CW Supernatural 1.3 3 2.833
10:00 FOX World Series Game 2, Yankees v. Phillies 6.4 19.867
ABC Private Practice 3.8 10 9.804
CBS The Mentalist 3.6 9 15.216
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.7 4 4.620
10:30 FOX World Series Game 2, Yankees v. Phillies 6.8 20.505
CBS The Mentalist 3.4 9 14.621
ABC Private Practice 3.4 9 8.659
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.4 4 4.140
11:00 FOX World Series Game 2, Yankees v. Phillies 7.0 20.328

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Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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