world series 1028 gi TV Ratings: World Series a home run for FOXFast national ratings for Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

By now, it’s hardly a spoiler that the World Series will continue into a Friday (Oct. 28) game 7 — baseball fans are over the moon about the close series and on Thursday they tuned in to watch the sixth match-up between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers, pretty much ignoring the rest of the prime time line-up.

FOX’s World Series coverage led the night in viewers, averaging 19.8 million and a 12.0/19 share in households. CBS finished second with a solid 12 million viewers (7.5/12). Then after a steep drop, ABC drew 8 million viewers (5.0/8), NBC (4.2 million, 2.7/4) came in fourth, topping the CW (2.7 million, 1.8/3).

The adults 18-49 demographic was a total win for FOX, too, with a whopping 5.8 rating. CBS took second with 3.0, followed by ABC (2.8), NBC (1.7) and The CW 1.2).
]]>Thursday hour-by-hour: 8 p.m. FOX: World Series baseball (17.5 million viewers, 10.7/17 households)
CBS: “Big Bang Theory” (14.3 million, 8.8/14); “Rules of Engagement” (10.7 million, 6.5/10)
ABC: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (7.3 million, 4.0/6)
NBC: “Community” (3.4 million, 2.4/4); “Parks and Recreation” (3.9 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (3.1 million, 2.0/3) 18-49 leader: World Series baseball (4.8) 9 p.m. FOX: World Series baseball (21.4 million, 13.0/19)
CBS: “Person of Interest” (11.5 million, 7.2/11)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.8 million, 6.5/10)
NBC: “The Office” (5.5 million, 3.3/5); “Whitney” (4.3 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: “The Secret Circle” (2.3 million, 1.5/2) 18-49 leader: World Series baseball (6.3) 10 p.m. FOX: World Series baseball (20.1 million, 12.3/19)
CBS: “The Mentalist” (12.2 million, 7.7/12)
ABC: “Private Practice” (6.6 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: “Prime Suspect” (4.0 million, 2.8/4) 18-49 leader: World Series baseball (6.4) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable