Fox dominated Sunday's ratings action behind Game 4 of the World Series, which followed the conclusion of a hugely rated NFL game. ABC ran second behind "Desperate Housewives," the night's top entertainment series.
According to preliminary time zone-adjusted nationals from Nielsen, the New York Yankees' 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies averaged a strong 22.8 million viewers overall -- up a big 47% in viewers vs. last year's Game 4 between the Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays. The adults 18-49 rating was not immediately available, but the game likely approached an 8 rating, which would top every game since the 2004 Fall Classic.
Not that it needed much help, but the baseball contest followed the end of the Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers game, which was projected to average roughly a 13 rating in adults 18-49 and more than 33 million viewers overall during the opening half-hour of primetime. Fox also dominated at 7:30 p.m. with football postgame show "The OT" (6.5/17 in 18-49, 18.2 million viewers overall in preliminary nationals not adjusted for time zone differences).
Elsewhere, ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (4.9/11 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall) was up a bit vs. recent weeks to place second to baseball at 9 o'clock, followed by "Brothers & Sisters" (3.3/9 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall), which was on par with last week to match its best demo delivery since March. Earlier in the evening, "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) was down week to week, but "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was up (3.4/8 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall).