The 2018 World Series gave FOX a dominant win over the other broadcast networks for the week of Oct. 22.

The network won the no. 1 spot among the big 4 with a 3.4 average in adults 18-49 and 13.07 million viewers. NBC came second in both measures with a 1.5 and 6.53 million viewers, followed by ABC (0.9, 4.20 million) and CBS (0.9, 6.49 million), which tied for third in the 18-49 demo.

FOX’s broadcast of Game 5 of the World Series was the week’s most-watched broadcast with 17.63 million total viewers. It was also the second highest-rated (4.6), placing behind only the network’s Sunday night broadcast of “The OT” (4.8), which had been boosted by a late afternoon NFL overrun.

Here are the network standings for last week and the season.

Oct. 22-28 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.9/4 (3t) 0.9/4 (3t) 0.4/1 (6t) 3.4/14 (1) 1.5/6 (2) 0.5/2 (5) 0.4/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 4.20 (4) 6.49 (3) 1.11 (7) 13.07 (1) 6.53 (2) 1.40 (5) 1.29 (6)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.3/5 1.4/6 0.4/1 2.2/10 2.1/9 0.5/2 0.4/2
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.76 (4) 8.86 (1) 1.12 (7) 7.82 (3) 8.69 (2) 1.31 (6) 1.32 (5)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 22-28, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 THE OT FOX Sun. 7:49 PM 4.8 6,200
2 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 – S FOX Sun. 8:12 PM 4.6 5,969
3 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC Sun. 8:23 PM 4.5 5,740
4 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 PRE – S FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 4.2 5,398
5 WORLD SERIES GAME 1 – S FOX Tues. 8:06 PM 3.7 4,748
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FOX Thurs. 8:23 PM 3.7 4,703
7 WORLD SERIES GAME 2 – S FOX Weds. 8:04 PM 3.4 4,318
WORLD SERIES GAME 3 – S FOX Fri. 8:06 PM 3.4 4,347
9 WORLD SERIES GAME 4 – S FOX Sat. 8:07 PM 3.3 4,271
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.3 2,915
11 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:51 PM 2.2 2,784
12 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2.1 2,769
13 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,403
THURSDAY NIGHT PRE-KICK FOX Thurs. 8:06 PM 1.9 2,488
15 YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.7 2,193
THE CONNERS ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,237
17 THE VOICE – TUE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,104
18 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,904
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,944
MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,903
21 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.4 1,745
MANIFEST NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 1.4 1,806
NEW AMSTERDAM NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 1.4 1,743
24 911 FOX Mon. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,689
THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,672

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for Oct. 22-28, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 – S FOX Sun. 8:12 PM 17,634
2 THE OT FOX Sun. 7:49 PM 15,740
3 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 PRE – S FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 14,897
4 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC Sun. 8:23 PM 14,094
5 WORLD SERIES GAME 1 – S FOX Tues. 8:06 PM 13,814
6 WORLD SERIES GAME 4 – S FOX Sat. 8:07 PM 13,563
7 WORLD SERIES GAME 2 – S FOX Weds. 8:04 PM 13,507
8 WORLD SERIES GAME 3 – S FOX Fri. 8:06 PM 13,250
9 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 13,001
10 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FOX Thurs. 8:23 PM 12,093
11 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 11,268
12 YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 10,966
13 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 9,378
14 FBI CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 8,825
15 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 8,538
16 THE VOICE – TUE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 8,446
17 THE CONNERS ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 8,008
18 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 7,986
19 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 7,974
20 BLUE BLOODS CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 7,894
21 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 7,704
22 CHICAGO MED NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 7,694
23 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 7,373
24 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 7,308
25 MANIFEST NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 7,294

All program ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys, rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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