Fox's ALCS game takes 18-49, 'NCIS' viewers


NEW YORK -- Fox won Tuesday's primetime in adults 18-49, carrying the further collapse of the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series.

Game 4 of the ALCS, which the Cleveland Indians won 7-3 to take a 3-1 series lead, averaged 12.4 million viewers and a 3.9 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday.

Winning the night in viewership was CBS' "NCIS" (17.5 million, 4.1/12), which has been building steadily all season and was up 20% week-over-week in adults 18-49. "NCIS" hit a record high for the season, coming in ahead of baseball as well as its ABC sitcom competition, "Cavemen" (6.9 million, 2.8/8) and "Carpoolers" (7 million, 2.7/8). "Cavemen" was up slightly; "Carpoolers" was down slightly.

ABC took 9 p.m. with "Dancing With the Stars" (17.3 million, 4.4/11), which was up from last week as was CBS' "The Unit" (12.3 million, 3.5/9). NBC's "The Biggest Loser" (6.9 million, 3.0/8) also was up week-over-week. The CW's "Reaper" (3.3 million, 1.5/4) was up 25% from last week and back up to where it was when it premiered last month.

NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (12.5 million, 4.8/13) was down slightly in adults 18-49, but it was ahead of ABC's "Boston Legal" (9.8 million, 2.6/7) and CBS' "Cane" (8.5 million, 2.2/6).

Despite a lot of hype, Matt Lauer's hourlong interview with disgraced U.S. Sen. Larry Craig wasn't a ratings winner. "Matt Lauer Reports" (5.7 million, 1.7/5) came in fourth in the hour, tied in adults 18-49 with the CW's "Beauty and the Geek" (3.5 million, 1.7/5).

For Tuesday, Fox (12.1 million, 3.8/11) was the top network in adults 18-49, and CBS (12.8 million, 3.3/9) led in viewership, followed by ABC (11.4 million, 3.3/9), NBC (8.4 million, 3.2/8) and the CW (3.4 million, 1.6/4).