World Series Game 5

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for  Fox (World Series Game 5) are approximate and subject to significant revisions in the final numbers, however, the numbers cited below are time zone adjusted and less likely to change. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.


Update: see finals for adjustments.  Castle didn’t drop, but Heroes did (a tenth, as did The Jay Leno Show) and Trauma dropped two-tenths. The Monday Night Football game aired in one of the local markets on the NBC affliate and those numbers were stripped out in the finals.

FOX got a bonus, not only did last night’s game 5 take the night for FOX with an adults 18-49 rating of 5.3 and averaging 17.1 million viewers, as a bonus the Phillies won and extended the series to six games, with game six this Wednesday night.  That might not sound like such a big deal but it’s the first time the World Series has gone six games since 2003.

Last night’s game was the highest-rated in the demo and most-viewed Game 5 since 2003 (Yankees v Marlins on 10/23/03)

Dancing With the Stars averaged a 3.3 rating with adults 18-49, down 8 percent versus last week and the lowest-rated (with adults 18-49, at least) regularly scheduled performance show ever.

Heroes scored a 2.6  rating in the overnights with adults 18-49, actually up a tenth from last Monday’s preliminary 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Trauma was actually up 11 percent to a 2.1 rating despite NBC announcing that it wouldn’t be ordering additional episodes.

Castle was down to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating versus last week’s preliminary 2.5.  Look for potential adjustment based on DWTS overrun.

CBS wasn’t at its peak versus the World Series, but its comedies were still strong, led by The Big Bang Theory‘s 4.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Whether its versus a repeat of CSI: Miami or a new episode that pulled a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, The Jay Leno Show ratings seem to stay the same.  Last night’s Jay Leno Show averaged a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, just like last week.

Late night:

  • Conan O’Brien (0.8/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE SHOW (0.9/4) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) finished behind CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.6/4).

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX World Series Game 5 Yankees – Phillies (Whole Game) 5.3 17.10
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.5/9 9.05
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.2/8 16.01
NBC Heroes 2.6/7 6.18
CW One Tree Hill 1.1/3 2.39
8:30 CBS Accidentally on Purpose 3.2/8 8.54
9:00 FOX World Series Game 5 Yankees – Phillies
CBS Two and a Half Men 4.4/11 13.60
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.4/8 16.40
NBC Trauma 2.1/5 6.23
CW Gossip Girl 1.0/2 1.92
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.6/11 12.66
10:00 FOX World Series Game 5 Yankees – Phillies
CBS CSI: Miami 3.7/10 12.47
ABC Castle 2.4/6 9.68
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.3/3 4.26

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

All numbers are Live+SD.

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*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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