Against Game 5 of the World Series, NBC's freshman FBI drama "The Blacklist" rose slightly from last week in the key 18-49 age demographic, while the singing contest "The Voice" was the highest-rated telecast of the night, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
"The Blacklist," starring James Spader, rose 3% to a 3.1 in the the demographic for a three-week high, and it drew 10.6 million viewers. On "The Voice," the knockout rounds began, and the show drew nearly 13 million viewers and a 4.2 in the advertiser-coveted category, making it the highest-rated telecast of the night. However, those standings are tentative because the World Series' numbers, which are subject to change, could rise to unseat "The Voice."
With the Red Sox victory, Fox was neck-and-neck with NBC's strong Tuesday lineup in the ratings based on the early Nielsens, which are likely to be understated for live sports because they are not adjusted for time zones. Still, according to the preliminary figures, Fox matched NBC's 3.8 rating in the demo and topped the night in total viewership with about 13.2 million.
The matchup was essentially flat with the most recent World Series Game 5, which was in 2011 (last year's contest was a four-game sweep and the lowest-rated Fall Classic ever).
Also competing with the Series was ABC's "Castle," which rose 11% to a 2.1 rating, coming after a flat "Dancing With the Stars."
CBS' series showed mixed results, as "How I Met Your Mother" fell a bit to a 2.9 and "Two Broke Girls" rose a smidgen to a 2.6. As for the shows in their first season, "Mom," starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney, slipped 9% to a 2.1 and "Hostages" picked up by 8% to a 1.3.
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