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UPDATED: Game 7 of the World Series on Friday that featured the triumphant comeback of the Cardinals attracted 25.4 million viewers– the most-watched matchup since 2004, when the Red Sox won its first title in 86 years. The game posted a 14.7 rating/25 share in homes and was the single highest-rated Friday night program in Fox history..

It was also the most-watched Friday night program of any kind on any network since the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games on NBC.

The performance is great news for Fox, which was bracing itself for a ho-hum championship series. It had also took some lumps for having to adjust its schedule to accommodate its annual MLB coverage. Yet the network ended up with its first Game 7 since 2002.

As for how entertainment programs like NBC’s Chuck and Grimm premieres fared Friday night, that story is here.