9:08am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Wednesday Shows Hold Against World Series, GOP Debate
The World Series was still the thing to beat on Wednesday night — not that anyone came close.
After a six-year-record start for the Mets-Royals Series, Game 2 was a tad softer. Very much in line with the comparable game from last fall, it was still up 6 percent in early ratings for a 9.3 overnight rating among metered-market households.
Fox will win another night in both total viewers and the key demographic — likely a similar draw to the third GOP debate on CNBC.
All of the added competition didn't really dampen broadcast's other offerings for the night.
The ABC block of The Middle (1.9 adults), The Goldbergs (2.1 adults), Black-ish (1.9 adults) and Nashville (1.1 adults) were all steady — even with the lack of an original Modern Family.
CBS' lineup — Survivor (2.0 adults), Criminal Minds (1.6 adults), Code Black (1.1 adults) — and NBC's block — Mysteries of Laura (1.1 adults) and Chicago P.D. (1.5 adults) — were similarly steady.
The only big development was Supernatural, on The CW, which rebounded three-tenths of a point from last week. That number stands to have some adjustment, since the NBA pre-empted the network's Chicago affiliate.