Things certainly turned around in Game 2 of the World Series last night — at least for the Kansas City Royals. The Royals came back from a shattering loss in Game 1 to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 on Wednesday, but for Fox, the ratings were a lot like the less-than-winning results of Game 1. Last night’s game was down double digits from 2013 and matched with the comparable game of the low 2012 series. In fast nationals, the 8-11 PM game in KC pulled in a 2.9/9 rating among adults 18-49 with 11.13 million total viewers watching. Despite the lows, it puts Fox in the top spot both ratingswise and viewershipwise for the night.
While numbers will likely be adjusted later, right now last night’s Game 2 was down 14% from the 3.4/10 that the Game 2 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox got in preliminary ratings last year. That 8-10 PM October 24 game was watched by 12.67 million. Game 2 of the low-rated 2012 World Series got a 2.9 in early non-time zone adjusted ratings. That October 25 Giants-Detroit Tigers game went up to a 3.5 in final numbers.
This year’s World Series is now a 1-1 tie and moves to San Francisco for Friday’s Game 3.
Other than the World Series, it was a full house in primetime last night with all of other Big 4 and The CW running originals. With that in mind, Arrow (0.9/3) shot up a nice 13% in Week 3 of its new season. Its lead-out was not so fortunate: Picking up where Season 1 ended in June, Season 2 of The 100 (0.5/1) debuted last night, with the post-nuclear apocalypse series falling a staggering 44% from the 0.9/3 that its March 19 series premiere drew in the same 9 PM post-Arrow time slot. As it stands right now, in preliminary ratings, that’s an all-time low for The 100.
ABC’s comedies The Middle (2.0/7) and The Goldbergs (2.2/7) were even with their last originals October 8. Even though it dipped 3% from last week, Modern Family (3.3/10) was still the highest-rated show on the Big 4 last night and the second-most-watched after the World Series with 9.97 million tuning in. Black-ish (2.5/7) was even with its October 14 show, while Nashville bopped up 8%.
CBS’ Survivor (2.2/7) slipped 4% while Criminal Minds (2.4/7) and freshman Stalker (1.7/5) were even with last week.
NBC’s newbie The Mysteries Of Laura matched its 1.3 key demo result last week in fast nationals, which was what the show got the week before that in final numbers. Last week’s Laura went up to a 1.4 in the final numbers, a 7% rise; it will be interesting to see if that happens again this week. Otherwise on NBC, both Law & Order: SVU (1.6/5) and Chicago PD (1.5/5) stumbled 6% from their October 14 episodes.