'Survivor,' ABC ratings leap thanks to World Series cluster-fudge
UPDATED: The World Series was supposed to air Wednesday night. So all of Fox’s rivals ran repeats to avoid the heavy competition — psych! With Game 6 rained out at the last minute, Fox re-aired episodes of Glee. So here we are, the week before the November sweeps kick in, with everybody needlessly firing blanks in primetime.
Well, almost everybody: Female-skewing ABC hedged its bets by repeating Modern Family, but the rest of its lineup ran intact. Smart play. The network was able to take advantage of the fake-out and score series highs for its other comedies. The Middle (10.2 million, 3.1) was up slightly this week. Then Suburgatory (9.8 million, 3.4) and Happy Endings (8.3 million, 3.5) jumped. And finally Revenge (8.7 million, 2.8) climbed to its second-best number of the season.
Also last night, CBS aired Survivor (11.6 million, 3.4) and that did well also — its best rating since its September premiere (great episode too). The focus now shifts to tonight and Friday — Will Fox’s rivals who bet against a Game 7 airing tonight and planned original episodes get hammered by Game 6? And what will happen to NBC’s Grimm and Chuck premieres if there is a Game 7 on Friday?