It was a disappointingly short and uneventful run for the World Series this year as the San Francisco Giants wrapped things up in Game 5 to win the first title for the franchise since it moved cross country in 1958. The game between the Giants and the Rangers drew a 4.2 rating in 18-49 and 14.9 total viewers on Fox, down 21% from last year’s Game 5 featuring the Yankees and up 5% in 18-49 and 13% in total viewers from the non-Yankees Game 5 in 2008, which was plagued by rain delay. Fox is projected to win Monday in adults 18-49, while ABC was No.1 in total viewers for a seventh straight week.
The controversy surrounding Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen resulted in a 9% ratings bump for the veteran CBS comedy, which drew a 4.7/11 in adults 18-49, up from a 4.3/11 in the fast nationals last week to rank as the top program of the night in the demo. (All CBS comedies went up by a tenth in the finals last week.) The other CBS comedy to make headlines last week, Mike & Molly, the object of the infamous Marie Claire column about fat people on TV, didn’t get a boost. It was flat with the freshman comedy’s fast national number last week. CBS posted big gains in the 8 PM hour with How I Met Your Mother (3.7/10) up 16% and Rules of Engagement (3.4/9) up 17% vs. last Monday’s fast nationals. At 10 PM, Hawaii Five-0 was up 7% to edge out Castle (2.8/7) after losing the demo battle in the hour to the ABC crime dramedy for the first time last week.
NBC’s Chuck (2.0/5) was up a tenth to match its season high with an episode that introduced Timothy Dalton as the season’s uber-villain Volkoff. The network’s two-hour special The Women of SNL (2.0/5) was soft, down 31% from the most recent SNL in the 2000′s special which aired on Thursday, but actually improved NBC’s performance in the 9-11 PM slot last week when The Event logged a 2.0 and Chase a 1.3 in the demo.
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (4.0/10) was down 5% or two tenths from its fast national last week, while Castle (2.9/8) was down a tenth.
CW posted its most watched Monday of the season for a second straight week with an average of a little over 2 million viewers, slightly higher than last week’s tally. 90210 (2.05 million) hit a season high in total viewers, while Gossip Girl (1.98 million) had its second most watched episode of the season.