8:52am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: World Series Surges in Game 7
It didn't start off so swell, but the 2014 World Series wrapped its seven-game run on a ratings high note. Wednesday's championship-sealing win for the San Francisco Giants was also a huge success for Fox. The network brought a 15.2 rating and 24 share according to overnight ratings.
That's up a whopping 70 percent from Tuesday's game, the previous high for the series, and on par with the last time the World Series went to a game seven back in 2011. Final ratings won't arrive until later on Thursday, but it's likely Fox's top non-NFL telecast in three years.
In finals, the clincher — which ended at 11:29 p.m. ET — drove 23.52 million total viewers for Fox and averaged a high 6.6 rating among adults 18-to-49.
Elsewhere, ABC led the non-MLB competition. After an even Modern Family (3.4 adults), Black-ish improved three-tenths of a point to a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. The Middle (1.8 adults) and The Goldbergs (2.1 adults) were off a respective three- and two-tenths of a point, while Nashville (1.5 adults) held steady.
Over on CBS, Survivor (2.2 adults) held steady against the increased competition. Criminal Minds (2.5 adults) and Stalker (1.7 adults) each slid two-tenths from last week.
NBC's lone original offering was a steady episode of The Mysteries of Laura. It pulled a 1.2 rating in the key demo in its first outing since getting a full season order. And The CW, which saw NBA preemptions in Chicago, saw steady episodes of Arrow (1.0 adults) and The 100 (0.6 adults).