On the first night of the American League Championship Series, there were clear winners and losers in Friday’s primetime – and we’re not just talking about the Kansas City Royals.
The big winner was MLB and Fox with the Royals 5-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 last night of the ALCS. The net hit a 1.7/6 rating in early numbers for the demo win for the night. That’s up 60% from the fast nationals of the comparable game of last year, which was Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. That Saturday October 11, 2014 game on Fox saw the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 and go on to win the series and go on to beat the Royals to win the World Series – just saying.
Of course, those live sports numbers will change in the final nationals but Fox’s 18-49 topping will very likely not. As a bit of extra math, the ALCS Game 1, which was in KC BTW, pulled in an audience of 6.2 million – the second best of the night after CBS’ 8.4 million. Game 1 of the 2015 National League Championship Series is tonight between the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs in Flushing, NY.
CBS actually had a pretty good night against the baseball competition with The Amazing Race (1.3/5) even with last week. There was a bit of a stumble for Hawaii Five-O (1.0/4) and Blue Bloods (1.1/4) as they went down 9% and 15% in the demo. Still the most watched show of the night, BB saw a 4% dip in viewership to 10.74 million on Friday.
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As for the loser of the night, that had to be the debut of Truth Be Told (0.7/3) at 8:30 PM. The comedy had the worst premiere in the demo of any new show this fall so far and NBC’s worst in-season debut rating ever. What must make that hurt all the more is that live 8 PM lead-in Undateable (0.9/4) actually rose 12% among the 18-49s from its Season 3 debut of last week and saw a 27% rise in viewership to 3.2 million.
Still, matched up against ABC’s comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/5) and freshman Dr. Ken (1.3/5), which were even with their October 9 shows, NBC took a tie slot beating like the Blue Jays did from the Royals. Needless to say, NBC, which came in fourth last night with a 0.9/3 rating, has a mixed sitcom bag on Friday nights and probably can’t wait until fantasy drama Grimm returns in the 9 PM slot in 2-weeks. With that said, last night’s 9-11 PM Dateline (0.9/3) was even with its October 9 airing.
On the CW, Reign (0.3/1) was also even with last week’s Season 3 premiere. Shark Tank (1.3/5) and 20/20 (1.2/5) closed out ABC’s night with the former down 13% and the latter up 20%.
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