October 28, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>As expected, Game 6 of the World Series went up substantially in the official nationals to a 6.5 Adult 18-49 rating.  Not quite the 6.9 forecast but close.  The news was also good for The Big Bang Theory (4.6), The Office (2.9), Person of Interest (2.7) and Vampire Diaries (1.5), all adjusted up a tenth of a point.  But Nielsen also taketh away: Whitney (2.0), Prime Suspect (1.1) and Secret Circle (0.9) were adjusted down a tenth.  The news was particularly tough on NBC at 8 pm, with Community falling to fifth place behind The CW’s Vampire Diaries.  And Prime Suspect, already a brutal story with Prime Suspect Week doing nothing for the struggling drama, just looks worse.

          2011 vs 2010 Day 1 of 28

                 2011    2010
          FOX     6.5     4.1     +59%
          CBS     3.1     3.4     -10%
          ABC     2.8     2.9     – 3%
          NBC     1.7     2.4     -28% 

Check back Saturday morning to see how high Game 7 was able to go on lightly viewed Friday night.  We’ll also cover the Grimm premiere and update the sweep-to-date standings.

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Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.