Baseball Boosts FOX To #1 On Saturday

While the Detroit Tiger pitchers were attempting to throw a team no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway, viewers were coming out of the woodwork to make the Major League’s American League Championship Series the program to see. And FOX was the beneficiary. For the evening, FOX drew 6.36 milion viewers soundly winning Saturday in households. This is an enormous increase for the network over last year on this day as it could only generate 1.72 million with college football.

ABC’s ‘NASCAR’ telecast was expected to power a win. But somewhere on the way to the checkered flag, baseball took over. ABC’s coverage drew 5.19 million, more than a million less then baseball. ABC was #2 for the evening. This was an improvement for the Alphabet Network on this day vs a year previous when it could only pull in 4.73 million with NASCAR.

CBS, with reruns at 8P (‘Two and a Half Men’-3.48 million); at 830P (‘Two Broke Girls’-3.13 million);  and at 9P (‘NCIS-LA’ with 3.88 million), the Tiffany Network’s only original program and usual leader for the evening, ’48 Hours’ could only muster 5.16 million viewers making CBS #3 for this Saturday evening in prime time. The highest viewership on their Saturday evening schedule was at 1030P with 5.58 million viewers.

As for NBC? You guessed it. They again were running way behind the others. Keeping barely ahead of the Mendoza Line, their schedule at 8P with a rerun of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ pulling in 2.61 million; another rerun of ‘The Blacklist’ drawing 2.73 at 9P and then another rerun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ at 10P (2.73 million) left The Peacock Network shedding feathers and feeling naked compared to the other networks. Compared to this day last year, when NBC pulled in a weak 3.06 million average viewers, a pink slip must be on its way somewhere at 30 Rock’s programming department.

For the record, FOX was #1 averaging 6.363 million viewers. ABC finished #2 with 5.191 million viewers. CBS finished with 4.114 million viewers for #3 and NBC finished with 2.641 million viewers for #4. The FOX evening was impressive as it hit an evening high at 1030P with 7.48 million viewers which was #1 in every demographic breakdown.

In late night, NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ at 1130P finished with a 4.3 rating and 11 share. Guest host was Bruce Willis with musical guest Katy Perry.  It was the #1 telecast of the night in the 18-49 rating in the Local People Meter. National ratings, including viewer totals, for this program will not be available until Thursday, October 17th. However, this show was down from 4.5 rating a week earlier.

Of note: CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ during premiere week officially drew 20.44 million but had an insanely high 5.71 million in Live +7. Thus the official viewer total for this one episode was 26.15 million viewers, making it the #1 program to date. The entire premiere week Live + 7 will be posted on this site when available.

OVER THE POND: There was a battle royal in England on Saturday evening as the two monster programs, ‘X Factor’ faced off against ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, faced each other. Results? BBC1’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ with the first live show of the season, attracted a peak audience of 10.9 million.  and finished with an average of 9.8 million for the evening and well ahead of its competition, ‘The X Factor’ on ITV which peaked with 9.5 million viewers but finished 1.4 million less than ‘Strictly’, averaging 8.4 million viewers. ‘Strictly’  finished 600,000 viewers above last week’s total. Both shows will have another ratings battle on Sunday as both will feature their results shows. There is one thing that we can all agree on before that. Sharon Osbourne, who was on ‘The X Factor’ in London Saturday needs to be back on CBS’ ‘The View’ on Monday. Sleeping on a plane is never a good thing.

What does all this mean? People are…

Switching Channels!

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