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Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, October 21, 2006

Game 1 Of The World Series propelled Fox to an easy ratings win.

FOX finished first for the evening with a 7.3/13 HH rating (11.73M viewers) and a 3.4/11 A18-49 rating.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 4.6/8 HH rating [#3]
    • 7.04M viewers [#3]
    • 2.0/7 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • At 8:00 PM, “MLB World Series Game 1: St Louis Cardinals at Detroit Tigers” (11.73M viewers, 3.4/11 A18-49 rating) easily gave Fox the win for the evening, however these ratings aren’t even the highest of the playoffs. Thursday’s Game 7 between the Mets and Cardinals holds that honor so far this season with 14.11 million viewers. The comparable game 1 of the World Series last season between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox delivered the following results; 9.4/17 (4.5) with 15.01M viewers.

CBS tied with NBC for second with a 4.0/7 HH rating, but had more viewers (5.95M viewers), and was second in A18-49, delivering a 1.9/6 rating in that demo.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 5.5/10 HH rating [#1]
    • 8.03M viewers [#1]
    • 2.0/6 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • At 8:00 PM, “48 Hours Mystery” (4.42M viewers, 1.2/4 A18-49 rating), started off the evening for NBC.
    • Week-to-Week Numbers (last week a repeat of “Close to Home” aired):
      • Viewers – 6.80M to 4.42M
      • A18-49 – 1.5/5 to 1.2/4
  • From 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM, CBS chose to air the movie “The Bourne Identity” (6.71M viewers, 2.2/7 A18-49 rating) and got better results than ABC’s movie.
    • Week-to-Week Numbers (a repeat of “Cold Case” and a new “48 Hours Mystery” aired last week):
      • Viewers – 8.65M to 6.71M
      • A18-49 – 2.0/7 to 2.2/7

NBC tied with CBS for second with a 4.0/7 HH rating, but had less viewers (5.81M viewers), and was third in A18-49, delivering a 1.8/6 rating in that demo.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 4.8/9 HH rating [#2]
    • 7.91M viewers [#2]
    • 2.6/9 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • At 8:00 PM, “Dateline” (6.37M viewers, 1.9/7) began the evening for NBC, enough for second place in the time-period.
  • At 9:00 PM, “Kidnapped” (4.26M viewers, 1.2/4 A18-49 rating), opened in its new time-period (where it will effectively burn off its remaining episodes) didn’t register much of an audience.
  • At 10:00 PM, “Law & Order: SVU (R)” (6.82M viewers, 1.9/6) was the nets top performer on the evening.

ABC followed in fourth for the evening delivering a 2.9/5 HH rating (4.71M viewers) and a 1.6/5 A18-49 rating.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 3.5/6 HH rating [#4]
    • 5.78M viewers [#4]
    • 1.8/6 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • From 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM, ABC decided to air only one program, the movie “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (4.71M viewers, 1.6/5).

The ratings for all the programs that aired last night are viewable below in chart form (click to enlarge).


Note: Fast Nationals are used when comparing week-to-week numbers, while Final Nationals are used when comparing year-to-year numbers, unless otherwise specified.

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research


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