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OCT
28
3 YEARS

TV Ratings: Fox's Thrilling World Series Game 6 Dominates Thursday

UPDATED: Baseball hinders most of CBS and NBC's primetime programming.

2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis
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Game 6 of the World Series

According to nationals, Game 6 of the World Series averaged 21.1 million total viewers and a 6.5 rating in adults 18-49. Notably, the CW's Vampire Diaries was adjusted up to a 1.5 in the demo, and the younger-skewing drama tops NBC's Community (1.4) in addition to Prime Suspect, which was adjusted down to a 1.1.

Fox's coverage of what turned out to not be the deciding game of the World Series dominated in the ratings in the later innings as the St. Louis Cardinals forced a Game 7 against the Texas Rangers, scheduled for tonight.

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According to preliminary numbers, from 8-11 p.m., the network averaged a healthy 5.8 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 19.7 million total viewers. When finals come in later in the day, Fox is likely to hold on to its nightly victory in 18-49 and total viewers. The only broadcast program topping the game at 8 p.m. looks to be CBS' own juggernaut: The Big Bang Theory.

CBS placed a distant second on the night with a 3.0 average, with most of its programming dipping going up against baseball. Though The Big Bang Theory (14.3 million, 4.5) outrated the World Series in its time slot, it was still down 12 percent in the demo. Rules of Engagement (10.8 million, 3.4) dipped 6 percent and Person of Interest (11.5 million, 2.6) saw a 4 percent dip. The Mentalist (12.2 million, 2.5) managed to stay steady.

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NBC saw a similiar downturn, with its Halloween specials plunging double digits for series lows. Community (3.5 million, 1.4), down a hefty 18 percent from its last original telecast two weeks ago, and Parks and Recreation (3.9 million, 1.8), sinking 14 percent, both matched franchise lows. Meanwhile The Office (5.5 million, 2.8) hit its lowest Thursday telecast to date, dropping 15 percent. Surprisingly, it was rookie comedy Whitney (4.3 million, 2.1) that rebounded. Prime Suspect (4.1 million, 1.2) continued to rate lower.

Unlike CBS and NBC, ABC saw growth across the board. A presentation of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (7.4 million, 2.3) -- in place of the recently axed Charlie's Angels -- performed better than what the net's reboot normally posted in the 8 p.m. time period for the demo. And for Charlie Brown, this year's telecast performed 5 percent better than last year's. Grey's Anatomy (9.8 million, 3.7) and Private Practice (6.6 million, 2.4) both saw slight improvements, going up 3 and 4 percent, respectively.

Sports couldn't deter the younger crowd from turning away from the CW's The Vampire Diaries (3.2 million, 1.4). Last night's episode was the drama's most-watched of the season and what's more promising, the series retained its 18-49 performance from last week. Notably (though they belong in two different time slots), Diaries beat Prime Suspect in the demo (1.4 vs. 1.2). The Secret Circle (2.3 million, 1.0) improved in viewership and in 18-49.

Fox -- 5.8     
 
CBS -- 3.0           
· The Big Bang Theory: 14.3 million, 4.5        
· Rules of Engagement: 10.8 million, 3.4 
· Person of Interest: 11.5 million, 2.6
· The Mentalist: 12.2 million, 2.5 
 
ABC -- 2.8         
· It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: 7.3 million, 2.3       
· Grey's Anatomy: 9.8 million, 3.7
· Private Practice: 6.6 million, 2.4
 
NBC -- 1.7       
· Community: 3.5 million, 1.4
· Parks & Recreation: 3.9 million, 1.8 
· The Office: 5.5 million, 2.8
· Whitney: 4.3 million, 2.1
· Prime Suspect: 4.1 million, 1.2
 
The CW -- 1.2      
· The Vampire Diaries: 3.2 million, 1.4     
· The Secret Circle: 2.3 million, 1.0