Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for game one of the World Series on FOX are approximate.  FOX ordered  time zone adjusted version of the Fast National Ratings though, so these won’t change as much as normal in the final national numbers.  See definitions below for more explanation on these  Fast Affiliate Ratings.


Last night’s game six of the World Series where the Yankees went on to capture their 27th world championship was seen by an average of 22.3 million viewers and had a 7.4 rating with adults 18-49.  Without a game 7, FOX couldn’t push the average for the entire series over 20 million, but it got darn close.  The series averaged a 6.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 19.4 million viewers and was the highest-rated, most-viewed series in five years.   It was up by more than 40 percent from  last year’s record lows.

Outside of the game, ABC’s Modern Family had the best 18-49 ratings for the night with a 3.4/9 (rating/share) that was down a bit from last week’s 3.7 preliminary 18-49 rating. Cougar Town hit a series low with a 2.7/7 with adults 18-49.   Eastwick tied a series low with a 1.6/4 rating.

CBS set some season and series lows too.  Criminal Mind’s 3.2/8 was a low for the season, while CSI: NY’s 2.7/7 was its lowest-rated original telecast ever.

CW’s Top Model reached season highs in women 18-34 (2.9/8) , adults 18-34 (1.9/6), women 18-49 (2.6/7), adults 18-49 (1.7/5) and total viewers (3.96mil).  Top Model tied NBC’s Mercy and ABC’s comedies at 8pm in adults 18-49.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Wednesday night:

  • On a night impacted by overrun coverage of the deciding game of the World Series, Conan O’Brien (0.7/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE SHOW (0.8/3) 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) tied CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.5/3).

Full Details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX World Series Game 6: Phillies-Yankees (whole game) 7.4 22.30
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine 2.1/6 6.99
NBC Mercy 1.7/5 6.60
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.7/5 3.96
ABC Hank 1.4/4 5.33
8:30 ABC The Middle 2.0/5 6.14
CBS Gary Unmarried 2.0/5 6.67
9:00 FOX World Series Game 6: Phillies-Yankees
ABC Modern Family 3.4/9 8.59
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.5/6 7.99
CBS Criminal Minds 3.2/8 11.98
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.7/2 1.43
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 2.7/7 6.78
10:00 FOX World Series Game 6: Phillies-Yankees
CBS CSI: NY 2.7/7 11.64
ABC Eastwick 1.6/4 4.60
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.3/4 4.73


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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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