world series 2013 game 1 ratings TV ratings: World Series tops Wednesday, 'CSI' up with 300th episodeFast National ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

The opening game of the World Series scored solid ratings for FOX, improving significantly on last year’s Game 1 and carrying the network to an across-the-board victory in primetime.

FOX’s baseball coverage didn’t have a lot of effect on the other networks, however, as most shows were fairly steady from a week ago. The 100th episode of “The Middle” was steady with its last original episode on ABC, and “Modern Family” was down a little but kept its spot as the night’s top scripted show in adults 18-49. “Criminal Minds” and “CSI” were both up a bit for CBS, but “Arrow” and “The Tomorrow People” were down some. NBC’s “Revolution” was about even.

FOX delivered 13.7 million viewers and an 8.2 rating/13 share in households for the night, easily topping CBS’ 10.4 million viewers and 6.5/10. ABC (6.95 million, 4.5/7) came in third, and NBC (4.8 million, 3.2/5) took fourth. The CW trailed with 2.35 million viewers and a 1.5/2.

FOX also led the 18-49 demographic with a 4.1 rating. CBS finished second with a 2.4, beating out ABC’s 2.2. NBC averaged 1.2 and The CW 0.8.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: World Series Game 1 – Cardinals/Red Sox (14.3 million viewers, 8.6/14)
CBS: “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” (9.4 million, 5.8/9)
ABC: “The Middle” (8.2 million, 5.2/9)/”Back in the Game” (6.2 million, 4.0/6)
NBC: “Revolution” (5.05 million, 3.3/5)
The CW: “Arrow” (2.8 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: World Series Game 1 (3.9)

9 p.m.

FOX: World Series Game 1 (14.7 million, 8.7/14)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” (11.5 million, 7.2/11)
ABC: “Modern Family” (10.3 million, 6.3/10)/”Super Fun Night” (6 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (5.5 million, 3.8/6)
The CW: “The Tomorrow People” (1.9 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: World Series Game 1 (4.4)

10 p.m.

FOX: World Series Game 1 (12.2 million, 7.4/12)
CBS: “CSI” (10.25 million, 6.5/11)
ABC: “Nashville” (5.5 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: “Ironside” (3.9 million, 2.7/4)

18-49 leader: World Series Game 1 (3.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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