With last night’s decimating Game 3 9-3 win by the New York Mets over the Kansas City Royals, looks like we really have a World Series now. After the Royals took the first two games, things were looking bleak for the Mets but now with pitcher Noah Syndergaard knocking the Midwestern team off their stride, it’s … well, a whole new ballgame. Where things are pretty much staying the same is the ratings, which once again were up double-digits for Fox from last year.
In fast nationals, the game in Flushing, N.Y. pulled in a 3.1/11 among adults 18-49 with 12.51 million viewers. That’s up 24% over Game 3 of the ratings struggling 2014 World Series in fast nationals and even with the final demo number of that October 24, 2014 match-up. In Game 3 last year, which was also on a Friday BTW, the Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in their Bay Area stadium, though the Giants would go on to win the series. So, if ratings adjustments are any indication, expect last night’s game to easily surpass last year’s Game 3 in the final numbers.
In metered market ratings, last night’s 2015 World Series Game 3 drew a 9.1/16 result. That’s a rise of 12% over 2014’s Game 3 and the best any World Series Game 3 has done in MM results since the 10.8/20 of 2009 when the Yankees and the Phillies were playing. It’s also the best MM result that Fox has had for a Friday primetime since October 28, 2011 when the St. Louis Cardinals won Game 7 of that World Series against the Texas Rangers and became champs for the 11th time. There is no doubt right now, even without final numbers, that Fox is the champ of Friday night in the demo and total viewers.
However, with a 1.4/5 rating, 18-49 runner-up ABC had a very good night too. The net’s highly promoted 20/20 (1.7/6) interview with Leah Remini about her time with the Church of Scientology and her break with it delivered the news mag’s best result since the April 24 interview with a then-transitioning Bruce Jenner. With 8.2 million total viewers watching, 20/20 had a 42% surge among adults 18-49 from last week and 47% in the 25-54 news demo (2.5/7) – both highs and in the latter demo, the best Friday non-sports result for any show this season so far.
Otherwise ABC saw comedies Last Man Standing (1.2/5) and Dr. Ken (1.2/5) even with last week and Shark Tank (1.4/5) dipping 7% from its October 23 show.
Grimm (1.1/4) was back for a fifth season last night at 9PM but down 21% from its Season 4 October 24 debut, also (obviously) against a World Series Game 3. Not only is that a season premiere low for the fantasy series among the 18-49s but with 3.97 million tuning in, it is the lowest total viewership the show has ever had for an opener. Now, there is some small consolation in the fact that the S5 debut of Grimm was even with its May 15 S4 finale in the demo and the fact that it was obviously hampered by its new lead in Truth Be Told (0.7/3) – last season opener Grimm had Dateline, which garnered a 1.1/4 rating. By the way, the now trimmed Truth Be Told saw a rise of 17% from last week. There was no rise for the live Undateable (0.7/8) and the now 1-hour Dateline (0.8/3) at 10PM was down 11% from its 2-hour airing last week.
What was not down was either The Amazing Race (1.2/5) or Hawaii Five-O (1.1/4) which were even with last week and up 10% respectively in the demo. The second most watched show of the night after the World Series, Blue Bloods (1.1/4) took heavy competition from 20/20 in the time slot and dipped 8% from its October 23 show.
On the CW, Reign (0.2/1) and America’s Next Top Model (0.2/1) were even and down 33% from last week respectively.