World Series Sweeps Weekend; 'Moonlight' Shines on Friday

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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The World Series wrapped up Sunday, with the Red Sox's sweep giving Fox a ratings victory.
Sunday's Game 4 tied the highest-rated Series game in three years, since the Red Sox beat St. Louis in 2004. The game earned a 6.6 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen.

Over on ABC, the lineup was pretty much on par: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.7), "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (5.1), "Desperate Housewives" (7.1) and "Brothers & Sisters" (5.1).

Third-place CBS ran "60 Minutes" (2.7), a repeat of "CSI" (2.2) while biding its time for next week's "The Amazing Race" debut, "Cold Case" (3.0) and "Shark" (2.3).

In fourth place, NBC demonstrated why the networks don't run movies anymore: The box-office hit "The Bourne Supremacy" posted a 1.9 rating.

The CW had "CW Now" and "Aliens in America" (both a 0.3, and both down slightly from last week), "Life Is Wild" (down a notch to a 0.4) and an "America's Next Top Model" repeat (0.6).

But hold on, Friday night was arguably more interesting.

On Friday:
CBS' "Moonlight" grew 20 percent to a 2.4 to firmly win the 9 p.m. hour, helping CBS conquer the night along with "Ghost Whisperer" and "Numb3rs" (both 2.7). With "Moonlight" winning its hour and the ratings going in the right direction, it wouldn't be surprising to see a pickup on the vampire detective drama soon.

NBC was second, with "Deal or No Deal" (2.2), "Friday Night Lights" (1.9) and "Las Vegas" (2.4) hanging steady.

ABC was third with a "Grey's Anatomy" repeat (1.3), "Women's Murder Club" (dropping a tick to a 2.0) and "Men in Trees" (steady with a 1.7).

Fox's "The Next Great American Band" fell 20 percent from its week-ago debut to a 1.2 (a rating now called "the 'Laughlin'"). Even though the show is from the producers of "American Idol," it's tough to see Fox being comfortable getting beat by The CW's "Friday Night Smackdown" (1.4) week after week. Then again, "Nashville" fell to a 0.8 on Fridays before it got the hook.
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