ABC game Mon. despite ALCS gains


NEW YORK -- The American League Championship Series gave Fox a boost Monday, with the Boston Red Sox-Cleveland Indians matchup making for the best ratings for a third game of the ALCS since 2004.

The game, which the host Indians won 4-2, averaged 9.9 million viewers and a 3.0 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, Nielsen Media Research said. It was double what last year's Oakland A's-Detroit Tigers ALCS Game 3 did and was the most-watched Game 3 since 12.5 million tuned in in 2004 to see the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox.

The ratings have gone up each game of the ALCS so far for this year the first time since 1993.

However, the game came in fourth overall for the night against original competition. The big winner was ABC, which debuted strongly with the Christina Applegate comedy "Samantha Who?" (14.4 million, 4.5/10). Also doing better was NBC's freshman comedy-drama "Chuck" (8.4 million, 3.3/9).

"Samantha" held a lot of the demo from a 90-minute "Dancing With the Stars" (19.4 million, 4.7/12). It settled into second place at 9:30 p.m. in the demo and was in first place among viewers.

CBS' "Big Bang Theory" (7.9 million, 3.1/8) dropped slightly from last week, as did "How I Met Your Mother" (7.7 million, 3.1/8). But both "Two and a Half Men" (13.7 million, 4.7/11) and "Rules of Engagement" (10.8 million, 4.0/9) were up.

NBC's "Heroes" (11.4 million, 5.2/12) was up slightly from last week.

CBS came back to win at 10 p.m. with "CSI: Miami" (15.6 million, 4.8/12), which was up week-over-week as was ABC's "The Bachelor" (8.9 million, 3.4/9). NBC's "Journeyman" (6.7 million, 2.7/7) was down for the fourth consecutive week.

ABC (15.2 million, 4.3/10) led Monday's primetime, followed by CBS (11.9 million, 4.1/10), NBC (8.9 million, 3.7/9), Fox (10.8 million, 3.3/8) and the CW (2.5 million, 1.0/2).