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Ratings: World Series hits homerun in weekly broadcast ratings

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Late October and early November are always like Christmas over at Fox, at least in terms of ratings, because of the huge numbers the World Series draws for the network. This year is no different: Three of the series games topped the ratings amongst the broadcast networks for the week ending Nov. 1. Game 4, which aired Sunday evening, drew the highest viewership in primetime for the week, pulling in 22.8 million viewers. Wednesday’s Game 1 (19.5 million) and Thursday’s Game 2 (18.9 million) followed in the No. 2 and 3 spots. Saturday’s Game 3 was all the way down at No. 7 with 15.4 million viewers, likely taking a ratings hit because it fell on a Saturday evening that also happened to be Halloween.

The rest of the Top 20 didn’t pack too many surprises for the week, with ABC’s Dancing with the Stars competition episode on Monday coming in as the highest non-World Series broadcast with 17.4 million viewers at No. 4. In fact, several of the shows in the Top 20 were old: CBS decided to air repeats of many of its biggest shows—like NCIS (16.7 million), CSI: Miami (11.5 million), Two and a Half Men (11.4 million), NCIS: Los Angeles (11.1 million), and The Big Bang Theory (10.9 million)—which all still managed to do well despite being previously seen.

The full Top 20—complete with viewership totals—is after the jump.

1. World Series Game 4 | Fox | 22.8 million

2. World Series Game 1 | Fox | 19.5 million

3. World Series Game 2 | Fox | 18.9 million

4. Dancing with the Stars Monday | ABC | 17.4 million

5. NCIS (R) | CBS | 16.7 million

6. The Mentalist | CBS | 15.5 million

7. World Series Game 3 | Fox | 15.4 million

8. CSI | CBS | 15.2 million

(tie) 8. Dancing with the Stars Wednesday | ABC | 15.2 million

10. Desperate Housewives | ABC | 14.1 million

11. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC | 13.7 million

12. 60 Minutes | CBS | 12.9 million

13. Survivor: Samoa | CBS | 12.1 million

14. CSI: Miami (R) | CBS | 11.5 million

15. Two and a Half Men (R) | CBS | 11.4 million

16. The Amazing Race | CBS | 11.2 million

17. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) | CBS | 11.1 million

18. The Big Bang Theory (R) | CBS | 10.9 million

19. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition | ABC | 10.8 million

20. Castle | ABC | 10.0 million

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