The lackluster baseball postseason on Fox continued last night with Game 1 of the World Series. Time-adjusted ratings for the game won’t be available until later today, but in the fast nationals the face-off between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals is tracking lower than the comparable numbers for last year’s Game 1 between the Rangers and the San Francisco Giants. Still, Fox is projected to win Wednesday night in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
It was a case of ratings gods giveth and taketh away for ABC’s Happy Endings (3.0/7, 6.9 million) and Revenge (2.5/7, 7.9 million). After posting demo-rating increases of 14% and 8%, respectively, last week, both series gave back most of the gains, down 9% and 7%, respectively, from their fast nationals last Wednesday. (Happy Endings was adjusted down last week.) The rest of the ABC lineup was mostly status quo: The Middle (2.9/9, 9 million) and Suburgatory (3.1/8) were each up a tenth from their fast nationals last week, and Modern Family (5.6/14, 12.9 million) was down a tenth but still ranked as the top program of the night in 18-49.
The ping-pong match for demo bragging rights in the 10 PM hour between Revenge and CBS’ CSI (2.6/7, 10.6 million) continues. After the ABC soap took the 18-49 lead last week, it was CSI‘s turn this time as the veteran crime drama held steady in 18-49 and again topped the time slot in total viewers. Survivor: South Pacific (3.3/9, 11.1 million) was up by a tenth from last week’s fast national, Criminal Minds (3.9/10, 13.1 million) up by two tenths. CBS (3.3/9, 11.6 million) and ABC (3.3/9, 8.9 million) are currently tied for second place in 18-49 behind Fox.
NBC’s Wednesday lineup seems frozen in time, with all of its series logging ratings almost identical to last week’s. Rookie comedy Up All Night (2.1/6) was up a tenth from its fast national last week, flat with the final. Harry’s Law (1.3/2) and Law & Order: SVU matched their performances from last Wednesday.