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The World Series set another viewer low Wednesday, and three ABC comedies premiered to smaller audiences than they did in 2019.
Game two of the World Series delivered 8.95 million viewers to Fox, easily the most in primetime — but also, for the second consecutive night, the smallest audience for a World Series game since Nielsen started tracking total viewers in the late 1960s. Tuesday’s game drew 9.2 million people, along with a 2.3 rating in the key ad demographic of adults 18-49.
On ABC, the season premieres of The Goldbergs (0.8 in 18-49, 4.13 million viewers), The Conners (0.9, 4.9 million) and Black-ish (0.6, 3.09 million) all slipped between 20 and 33 percent in the demo from their fall 2019 debuts. The Conners was, however, the most watched entertainment program in primetime, and topped the 2019 season premiere of Modern Family in the same timeslot by about 800,000 viewers. It finished second to CBS’ Big Brother (1.0) among entertainment shows in the demo.
Fox News had another strong evening, finishing second to its broadcast cousin in total viewers in primetime. Tucker Carlson Tonight led every cable show with 5.33 million viewers and a 0.5 in the 18-49 demo.
Elsewhere, The Amazing Race (0.7 in adults 18-49, 3.3 million viewers) was in line with its premiere last week. NBC aired episodes of The Wall (0.6, 3.59 million) and American Ninja Warrior (0.5, 2.59 million).
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