TV ratings: World Series tops Wednesday, 'CSI' up with 300th episode

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world-series-2013-game-1-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

The opening game of the World Series scored solid ratings for FOX, improving significantly on last year's Game 1 and carrying the network to an across-the-board victory in primetime.

FOX's baseball coverage didn't have a lot of effect on the other networks, however, as most shows were fairly steady from a week ago. The 100th episode of "The Middle" was steady with its last original episode on ABC, and "Modern Family" was down a little but kept its spot as the night's top scripted show in adults 18-49. "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" were both up a bit for CBS, but "Arrow" and "The Tomorrow People" were down some. NBC's "Revolution" was about even.

FOX delivered 13.7 million viewers and an 8.2 rating/13 share in households for the night, easily topping CBS' 10.4 million viewers and 6.5/10. ABC (6.95 million, 4.5/7) came in third, and NBC (4.8 million, 3.2/5) took fourth. The CW trailed with 2.35 million viewers and a 1.5/2.

FOX also led the 18-49 demographic with a 4.1 rating. CBS finished second with a 2.4, beating out ABC's 2.2. NBC averaged 1.2 and The CW 0.8.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

World Series Game 1 - Cardinals/Red Sox (14.3 million viewers, 8.6/14)
CBS: "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" (9.4 million, 5.8/9)
ABC: "The Middle" (8.2 million, 5.2/9)/"Back in the Game" (6.2 million, 4.0/6)
NBC: "Revolution" (5.05 million, 3.3/5)
The CW: "Arrow" (2.8 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: World Series Game 1 (3.9)

9 p.m.

World Series Game 1 (14.7 million, 8.7/14)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (11.5 million, 7.2/11)
ABC: "Modern Family" (10.3 million, 6.3/10)/"Super Fun Night" (6 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (5.5 million, 3.8/6)
The CW: "The Tomorrow People" (1.9 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: World Series Game 1 (4.4)

10 p.m.

World Series Game 1 (12.2 million, 7.4/12)
CBS: "CSI" (10.25 million, 6.5/11)
ABC: "Nashville" (5.5 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: "Ironside" (3.9 million, 2.7/4)

18-49 leader: World Series Game 1 (3.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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