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).
On NBC, Mercy (6.6 million viewers), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (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.