Game 7 of the World Series hit a ratings home run for Fox and struck out the final season premiere of NBC's Chuck.
The World Series' climactic game, which saw the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Texas Rangers 6-2, was watched by 23. 2 million viewers, according to overnight Nielsen numbers. It also handily won the adults-18-to-49 demographic, leading Fox to a Friday night win over NBC.
Because of a rain postponement earlier in the week, the game wound up putting a major damper on the season premiere of Chuck. The show pulled in 3.4 million viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, the lowest in the show's history. But it wasn't all bad news for NBC: New supernatural cop drama Grimm pulled in a surprising 6.5 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the demo. That makes it the highest-rated non-sports broadcast on any network on a Friday night since December.
CBS and ABC tied for third place for the night. CBS made a last-minute decision to air repeats instead of new programming against the World Series. A Gifted Man drew 5.8 million viewers at 8/7c, followed by CSI: Miami (6.9 million viewers) and CSI: NY (4.7 million viewers). On ABC, a two-hour Extreme Makeover: Home Edition averaged 4.2 million viewers and 20/20 pulled in 5.2 million viewers at 10/9c.