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Game 1 of series gives Fox a win on Wednesday

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wednesday-ratingsImage Credit: Byron Cohen/NBC; Eric McCandless/ABC; Elsa/Getty Images Record 20869123Fox scored a homerun on Wednesday, thanks to Game 1 of the World Series. The network (no surprise) won the night among adults 18-49 (a 4.7 rating) and total viewers (15.7 million) because of the game between the Giants and the Rangers, though it was still down 25 percent from last year’s Phillies-Yankees matchup. Fox is quick to point out, though, that Wednesday’s game is in line with 2008’s Phillies-Rays battle, which earned a 4.8 rating.

Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.3 million viewers.

CBS finished in second place Wednesday among adults 18-49 (3.0/8) and viewers (11.8 million), with Criminal Minds (3.4/9) standing out as the network’s most-watched show (13.9 million). Survivor (3.4/10) averaged 11.6 million viewers, while The Defenders (2.1/6) averaged 9.8 million.

Over on ABC, which finished third in the demo and viewers (2.7/8, 7.9 million),  The Middle posted a nice little gain over last week (up 8%, to 2.8/9 and 9.4 million).  Give this great show a try, won’t you? Better With You (7.7 million) earned a 2.5/7, which was up 19 percent versus last week, while Modern Family (13.0 million), earned a 5.1/13, up 9 percent. Speaking of which, a sitcom-writing buddy of mine is kicking himself for not accepting a job on this show so he could go write for an NBC comedy instead. Think he made a mistake?

Cougar Town earned a 3.3/9 and averaged 8.2 million, while the already canceled drama The Whole Truth earned a paltry 1.2/4 and 4.5 million viewers. So long, middling legal show (but leave Maura Tierney with us!).

More bummer news for NBC: An original episode of Undercovers (1.4/4) posted a 7 percent decline versus last week. It averaged 5.3 million. The fourth place network went on to air repeats of Law & Order and Law & Order: LA. I’d include the ratings here but it’s easier for you to just imagine the sound of crickets.