SOX ROCK FOX
For the second week in a row, post-season baseball gave Fox a hefty lead in the ratings. Three of last week's top-ten winners were Red Sox/Rockies World Series telecasts, according to Nielsen Media Rese arch. ABC's new Samantha Who? also proved to have strong running legs as it continued to produce the best ratings of any newcomer. Fox's House continued to generate big numbers as it topped ABC's Grey's Anatomy among younger viewers for the first time, thereby becoming the No. 1 drama in that demo. For the week, Fox led with an average 8.6 rating and a 14 share. ABC placed second with a 7.4/12, slightly ahead of CBS with a 7.2/12. NBC trailed with an average 4.4/7.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Dancing With the Stars (Monday), ABC, 13.7/20; 2. MLB World Series Game 4, Fox, 12.6/21; 3. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 12.2/18; 4. Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 11.8/18; 4. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 11.8/17; 6. MLB World Series Game 2, Fox, 11.1/18; 7. NCIS, CBS, 10.9/17; 8. House, Fox, 10.8/16; 9. MLB World Series Game 1, Fox, 10.5/18; 10. CSI: Miami, CBS, 10.4/17.
RIVALS DANCING, HOUSE EACH TUESDAY WINNERS
Tuesday night's Dancing With the Stars results show drew a 12.1 rating and an 18 share to put ABC ahead in the overall ratings for the night. But Fox's House, which also aired in the 9:00 p.m. hour, attracted more 18-49-year-olds, even though its overall rating was a 10.3/15, well below Dancing's. At 8:00 p.m., CBS's unheralded NCIS continued to pull in audiences, averaging a 10.4/17.
FIRES BOOST NEWS NUMBERS
Last week's wildfires in Southern California fired up the ratings of each of the network nightly newscasts, with ABC's World News With Charles Gibson drawing its largest audience since February. (A Gibson-hosted