World Series Draws Massive Ratings, 2016 CMAs Suffer

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Wowee! The Nielsen ratings for last night’s World Series game 7 were off the charts! Of course, it had an impact on every show that ran against it. When it was feasible, the networks opted to air reruns last night. Of course, it was not feasible for reality show Survivor or live event, the CMA Awards. Here’s how the numbers shook out in Nielsen’s final update.

The final game of World Series finished with a 12.6 in the 18-49 demo. That’s over 40 million viewers, people! The Cubs’ victory had the biggest audience for baseball on TV in 25 years.

ABC’s broadcast of the CMA Awards was the best of the non-sports shows with a 2.9 in adults 18-49, down from 3.8 last year.

via TVByTheNumbers

8 p.m.

World Series Game 7 (FOX) (8 p.m.-12:25 a.m.) 12.6/39 40.05
50th Annual CMA Awards (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 2.9/8 12.50
Survivor (CBS) 1.6/5 6.93

Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.6/2 3.09
Arrow (The CW) 0.6/2 1.61

9 p.m.

Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.8/3 4.24
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.8/3 3.38
Frequency (The CW) 0.3/1 0.91

10 p.m.

Code Black (CBS) 0.7/2 4.45
Chicago PD (NBC) – R 0.7/2 3.20

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