October 29, 2011 8:51am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'Chuck' Return Hampered By World Series, 'Grimm' Has Good Premiere
It was baseball that was at the top of the list for television viewers -- and it showed in the ratings.
The final game of the World Series, which crowned the National League's St. Louis Cardinals as this year's champions after the team handily beat the Texas Rangers 6-2, averaged 23.2 million total viewers in primetime for Fox, according to preliminary numbers. (Finals for the game will be in later.) In the all-important 18-49 demographic, Game 7 posted a 6.8 rating. Fox easily took home the victory.
That didn't prove helpful for NBC, which opted to move forward with its two premieres, Chuck and Grimm, but the latter performed better than expected in the ratings. Meanwhile, Fox pushed Fringe's return back one more week and CBS pulled its Friday dramas from the schedule at the last minute, airing reruns for the night instead.
The start of Chuck's final sason was the series' lowest to date; at 8 p.m., the hourlong drew 3.4 million and posted just a 1.0 rating in 18-49. Ratings could grow next week, without baseball breathing down its neck. Offering the full Grimm pilot and a country-wide screening tour before last night's premiere may have been factors in the new fairy tale procedural's solid start following a weak lead-in.
The new series surprised, averaging 6.5 million and a 2.1 rating in the demo, against heavy sports competition. Grimm was the top-rated non-sports telecast on any network since December, NBC notes. What's even more impressive is that the genre show had an uphill climb in a tough time slot (next week, it will also go up against Fringe, in addition to Supernatural and CSI: NY), but ended up performing better than some of the network's higher-profile projects like The Playboy Club. Dateline (4.7 million, 1.3) aired at 10 p.m.
The CW, which proved Thursday that it could grow its audience even against the World Series, aired originals of Nikita (1.8 million, 0.6) and Supernatural (1.7 million, 0.7) -- both dramas remaining steady.
ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (4.2 million, 1.1) settled into its new home, followed by 20/20 (5.2 million, 1.2).
Following Fox was NBC, which averaged a 1.5 rating. ABC and CBS tied on the night with a 1.1 with the CW trailing with a 0.7.
· 20/20: 5.2 million, 1.2