There was encouraging news for freshman dramas Chicago Fire (1.8/5 in adults 18-49, up 20% from last week) and Nashville (2.0/6, flat) last night after those alarming 21% and 29% second-week drops last Wednesday. Both shows are still a ways off from challenging 12-year-old CSI (2.4/6 in 18-49, up 4%) for the top spot in the 10 PM hour. But finding the bottom or, in the case of Chicago Fire, bouncing back in Week 3 is a good sign, especially against the World Series. Chicago Fire was helped by its lead-in, the 300th episode of Law & Order: SVU (1.8/5), which was up 13% from last week.

Fox is expected to win Wednesday with Game 1 of the World Series. Time zone-adjusted ratings won’t be available until later today, but in the fast nationals the game between the Giants and the Tigers (3.2/9 in 18-49) is down 18% from last year’s opening game and is expected to stay in negative territory. Last fall’s Game 1 of the World Series also was down year-to-year, by 11% in 18-49, as neither series has featured a big audience draw like the Yankees or Red Sox.

Things were largely status quo for the other programs on the Big 4. ABC’s The Middle (2.5/8) was flat with last week, The Neighbors (2.0/6) was up a tenth, Modern Family (4.9/13) was up two tenths, while Suburgatory (2.7/7) was down a tenth from its season opener last Wednesday. CBS’ Survivor: Philippines (2.8/8) was flat, while Criminal Minds (3.0/8) was down a tenth.

NBC’s Animal Practice (1.2/4) experienced what is known as the dead cat bounce, up a tenth from last week in its first airing after its cancellation was announced. Meanwhile, Guys With Kids (1.3/4), which is still in contention with a five-script order, was down a tenth to a series low.

On the CW, Arrow (1.1/3 in 18-49, 1.0 in 18-34, 3.5 million) slipped against the World Series in 18-49 (down two tenths) and 18-34 (down one tenth) while virtually flat in total viewers (down 2%). Supernatural (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million) tumbled three tenths (30%) in 18-49.