World Series Continues Ratings Rule; NBC Comedies Build

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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Fox's World Series coverage continued to dominate the ratings Thursday night, but NBC still managed to post significant ratings gains for its comedy block.

Game 2 earned a 5.1 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen. With the Red Sox so readily dominating the Colorado Rockies, the game is down 12 percent from Wednesday night's opener. The game is also off 10 percent from the second game last year, which aired on a less competitive Sunday night.

ABC came in second place, with "Ugly Betty" and "Grey's Anatomy" on par with last week, posting a 3.2 and a 7.3, respectively. "Big Shots" at 10 p.m. was up 10 percent to a 3.3.

CBS was third, with "Survivor: China" down a couple pegs from last week to a 4.4. "CSI" was a repeat (3.8), providing a weak lead-in for "Without a Trace," which was down 8 percent from its last telecast to a 3.3.

In fourth, NBC's comedy block, including the return of "Scrubs," had across the board gains despite the heavy baseball competition.

"My Name Is Earl" was up 33 percent to 3.6, "30 Rock" was up 19 percent to a 3.1, "The Office" was up 4 percent to a 4.7 versus its hour-long edition last week and "Scrubs" posted a 3.8, up 5 percent from its premiere last year. At 10 p.m., however, "ER" was down 7 percent from last week to a 3.7.

On The CW, "Smallville" was down slightly in adults 18 to 49 (1.8) and 18 to 34 (2.1). But "Supernatural" scored season highs in the major demos (a 1.3 for both).
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