Baseball Carries Fox to Ratings Win

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox can look forward to the World Series.

Games 3 through 7 of the American League Championship Series between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox helped Fox gain the week's ratings victory, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Called out after just two airings was "Viva Laughlin," CBS' musical whodunit. It previewed Thursday to 8.39 million viewers -- plunging from the 21.22 million tuned to its lead-in, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" -- then drew an even punier 6.43 million viewers for its official premiere on Sunday. That also turned out to be its finale.

ABC's "Samantha Who?"-- starring Christina Applegate as a woman who from suffers amnesia -- took full advantage of its lead-in, the Monday edition of "Dancing with the Stars." The ABC comedy retained 14.42 million of "Dancing's" 19.4 million viewers, and scored 10th place in prime time for the week. It was the best showing of any new series this fall.

The only other newcomer, Fox's "Next Great American Band," ranked 91st.

Among new shows on a downward trend: ABC's acclaimed "Pushing Daisies," which premiered three weeks ago to 13 million viewers, had dropped to 9.86 million last week. And NBC's "Bionic Woman" also seems to be losing strength: In four airings, it has dropped from 13.91 million to 8.62 million viewers.

Last week in prime time, Fox won with an average of 11.81 million viewers (7.5 rating, 12 household share), followed by CBS with 10.98 million (7.1 rating, 12 share), ABC 10.65 million (7.1 rating, 12 share), NBC 8.33 million (5.3 rating, 9 share), the CW 3.16 million (2.0 rating, 3 share), My Network TV 890,000 viewers (0.6 rating, 1 share) and ION Television 540,000 viewers (0.4 rating, 1 share).

Among the Spanish-language networks last week, Univision averaged 3.40 million viewers (1.8 rating, 3 share), Telemundo had 920,000 viewers (0.5 rating, 1 share), TeleFutura 640,000 viewers (0.3 rating, 1 share) and Azteca 160,000 viewers (0.1 rating, 0 share).

In the neck-and-neck evening news race, NBC's "Nightly News" held first place by a thin margin, with 8.20 million viewers (5.7 rating, 12 share), followed by ABC's "World News" with 8.10 million viewers (also scoring a 5.7 rating, 12 share). The "CBS Evening News" averaged 6.41 million (4.5 rating, 9 share).

A ratings point represents 1,130,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 112.8 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

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