Primetime Ratings: Fox Wins With Strong World Series Opener

Fall Classic and interest in underdogs chips away at entertainment programs’ scores

Airing opening night of the 2016 World Series, Fox seized the broadcast title Tuesday with a 5.4 rating in viewers 18-49, per Nielsen’s overnights, and an 18 share. Viewer interest is high, with the championship-starved Chicago Cubs facing off against the championship-starved Cleveland Indians. Last year’s Series opener, featuring the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, scored a 4.4 rating and 13 share and was viewed by 14.9 million people. That telecast sustained a power outage on Fox, and the game went 14 innings.

Total viewership numbers for the 2016 opener will be released later.

NBC was next up at 2.0/7, then CBS at 1.5/5, ABC at 1.1/4 and The CW at 0.7/2.

On NBC, The Voice slipped 13% to 2.1 while This Is Us, featuring almost as much Pittsburgh Steelers footage as a Sunday Night Football telecast, fell 8% to 2.4. Chicago Fire was down a tenth of a point at 1.6.

On CBS, NCIS decreased 6% to 1.7 and Bull slipped 6% to 1.5, while NCIS: New Orleans gained 8% to 1.3.

On ABC, The Middle was flat at 1.5 and American Housewife dropped 6% to 1.5. Fresh Off the Boat was down a tenth of a point to 1.2 while The Real O’Neals was a flat 1.0. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a flat 0.8.

The Flash did its usual 1.0 on CW while No Tomorrow too was level at 0.3.