Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera
The New York Yankees' World Series clincher against the Philadelphia Phillies led Fox to a Wednesday night prime-time ratings win, according to early Nielsen estimates.
Game 6 coverage averaged 22.3 million viewers and pulled a 7.4 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, the best numbers for any World Series game since 2004 when the Boston Red Sox ended their 86-year Series drought.
Among the non-sports offerings, CBS cleaned up, but all the network's shows were off their usual marks. Criminal Minds had the most viewers on the night (12 million), followed by CSI: NY (11. 6 million). The New Adventures of Old Christine (7 million viewers) and Gary Unmarried (6.7 million) both outperformed ABC's comedy counterparts Hank (5.3 million) and The Middle (6.1 million).
ABC took a jump up from its lead-ins at 9 o'clock with Modern Family (8.6 million viewers), but Cougar Town (6.8 million) hit a series low. Eastwick also fell to 4.6 million viewers.
On NBC, Mercy (6.6 million viewers), Law & Order: SVU (8 million) and The Jay Leno Show (4.7 million) were all down. The CW's America's Next Top Model (4 million) continued to make gains in the 18-to-49 demo, and a Vampire Diaries repeat earned 1.4 million viewers.