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Game 1 of the World Series earned Fox the primetime ratings title Wednesday night, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. CBS finished second with an evening of repeats. ABC and NBC had a close race for third, with Modern Family and Cougar Town giving the Alphabet the win.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8 p.m.

World Series: Game 1 (Fox)

17.8

8:30 p.m.

The Middle (ABC)

6.6

9 p.m.

Criminal Minds (CBS)

9.7 (repeat)

9:30 p.m.

Cougar Town (ABC)

7.5

10 p.m.

CSI: NY (CBS)

9.2 (repeat)

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