8:54am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: World Series Final Gives Fox a Wednesday Best
UPDATE: Final returns give the World Series final a small boosting, rising to a 5.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 19.2 million viewers.
The sixth and final game of the 2013 World Series predictably surged on Fox, giving the network the highest-rated Wednesday of the year -- and the most-watched Wednesday since last September.
Though Fast National returns will see upward adjustments, the Red Sox history-making hometown victory is averaging a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 18 million viewers. It marks a 42 percent improvement from Monday's returns.
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The two most recent World Series only made it to Game Five, and 2011's Game Six final drew 21 million viewers in finals.
Among the other networks, CBS scored a distant third place with an average 2.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.7 million viewers. Survivor (2.3 adults) was down a tenth of a point for a series low, while Criminal Minds (2.4 adults) and CSI (1.8 adults) also tied lows in falling three-tenths of a point each.
The Middle (2.1 adults) shed a tenth of a point while Back in the Game (1.7) was even on ABC. Modern Family was a repeat, bringing lead-out Super Fun Night (1.8 adults) down three-tenths of a point. Nashville (1.4 adults), off two-tenths, was also at a low. ABC averaged a 1.8 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.3 million viewers.
Revolution (1.4 adults) tied last week's episode on NBC, while Law & Order: SVU offered a two-hour repeat. The network averaged a 1.2 in the demo and 4.4 million viewers.
Arrow (0.7 adults) fell two-tenths of a point on the CW, while The Tomorrow People (0.6 adults) was off by a tenth. The network averaged a 0.6 rating with adults 18-49 and 2 million viewers.