Red Sox Sweep Helps Fox Destroy Competition

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004
An 86-year ordeal for Boston Red Sox fans ended Wednesday as their team won the World Series, giving FOX one more night of big ratings.

FOX averaged a 15.7 rating/26 share in primetime, more than double that of second-place ABC, 7.7/12 (because FOX’s coverage went out live, its ratings reflect time period only). NBC, 7.0/11, edged out CBS, 6.9/10, for third. UPN averaged 2.9/4 and The WB 2.6/4.

Among adults 18-49, FOX’s World Series coverage scored an 8.6 rating to lead the ad-friendly demographic by a large margin. ABC was second at 4.7, followed by CBS, 3.5; NBC, 3.2; UPN, 2.0; and The WB, 1.9.

Game 4 of the World Series averaged 14.0/22 for FOX at 8 p.m. ABC was a solid second with “Lost,” 10.0/15. CBS’ “60 Minutes” took third, while “LAX,” 4.6/7, didn’t make much noise in its new timeslot for NBC. “America’s Next Top Model,” 3.4/5, was fifth for UPN, beating The WB’s “Smallville” (although the latter had a small edge in total viewers).

At 9 p.m., the World Series game improved to 16.3/24, putting more distance between FOX and the competition. NBC moved up to second with “The West Wing,” 7.6/11. After a month of delays, CBS finally got around to the season premieres of “The King of Queens,” 7.2/11, and “Center of the Universe,” 6.9/10. “The Bachelor” finished fourth for ABC. “Kevin Hill” kept UPN in fifth, while a move to Wednesday night didn’t do much to help The WB’s “Jack & Bobby,” 2.0/3.

FOX’s World Series coverage peaked at 10 p.m. with a 16.9/26 as the Sox moved closer to a victory (the game ended after 11:30 p.m. ET). NBC’s “Law & Order,” 8.9/14, notched its first win of the season over CBS’ “CSI: NY,” 8.1/12. “Wife Swap” posted a 6.7/10 for ABC.

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