It was a real sporting battle of the titans last night in primetime with triple winners. In a shutout at home and on Fox, the San Francisco Giants took Game 5 of the World Series 5-0 over the Kansas City Royals. While it wasn’t such a crushing victory and down from last week when Peyton Manning broke the all time quarterback touchdown pass record, over on NBC on Sunday Night Football, the New Orleans Saints schooled the Green Bay Packers 44-23. In the end, the winner was the NFL with SNF taking the night for football and NBC in the first head-to-head of Big 4 NFL and this year’s World Series with a 5.0/14 rating and 13.762 million viewers. Second place Fox got a 3.0/8 with 10.99 million watching.
The NOLA played NFL season game got a 6.4/17 in preliminary ratings, a dip of 9% from last week’s fast nationals of 7.0/19. Of course, those numbers will change in final nationals later today as last week’s went up to an 8.2/23 but expect this week’s SNF to still not match the near season high of the October 19th numbers. In metered markets results, the Saints win last night over Green Bay pulled in an 11.4/18. That’s down a hard 22% from the MM ratings of last week’s historic Denver Broncos blowout win over the San Francisco 49ers.
With Robin Williams’ son throwing out the opening ball, Game 5 of the World Series gave the Giants a 3-2 lead and got an 8.2/13 in metered market results last night. That’s a strike out of 18% from Game 5 of last year’s Series where the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals on October 28 – where the former also had a 3-2 series lead over the latter and went on to win the World Series last year. There is no comparison to 2012 because that series did not go to a Game 5 after the Giants’ 4-game sweep against the Detroit Tigers.
In preliminary ratings, last night’s baseball game’s 3.0/8, down 21% from last year’s Game 5 fast nationals rating of 3.8/10, which later went up to a 4.1/11. Tuesday the 2014 World Series goes back to Kansas City for what could be a winning Game 6 for SF.
There were other things on Big 4 TV besides sports last night though few that weren’t impacted by sports. As seems to happen most Sundays, CBS’ primetime was pushed back by regional football overruns. With everything starting an hour late, the non-time zoned fast nationals numbers are essentially meaningless. As it stands, 60 Minutes (2.4/7) at 8 PM was up 100% over last week while Madam Secretary (1.5/4) and The Good Wife (1.4/4) were even with last week.
On non-sporty ABC, everyone took a bit of a dive. Once Upon A Time (2.3/6) and Revenge (1.1/3) were down 15% from their October 19 shows and Resurrection (1.2/3) fell 14%. ABC started the night with a special airing of the new Disney Channel and Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion (0.6/2). The 7 PM special pulled in 2.5 million viewers.