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Fox's ratings sour, overtakes broadcasting leaders

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 04/11/2021 Associated Press

LOS ANGELES: Baseball was especially good to Fox, with the Atlanta-Houston World Series lifting the network to its first weekly ratings win in the young TV season.

The series rebounded from last year's contest, which hit an all-time viewership low that was attributed to the pandemic and competition from the 2020 presidential election.

The Houston Astros must-have win on Sunday over the Atlanta Braves, then leading the series 3-1, was the standout so far in the potential seven-game series, according to Nielsen figures out on Tuesday.

The 9-5 Astros victory drew 13.6 million viewers — a 35-percent jump over the 10 million who watched 2020s Los Angeles Dodgers Game 5 defeat of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Last year, the Dodgers went on to a six-game win over the Rays that posted a TV rating down 32 percent from the previous World Series low, the San Francisco Giants' four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012.

Bragging rights also went to football and NBC last week with NFL regular-season games earning the top two spots for the week.

Overall, Fox averaged 11.9 million viewers in prime time, followed by NBC with 5.4 million. CBS had 3.9 million; ABC had 3.5 million; Univision had 1.3 million; ION Television had 970,000; and Telemundo had 930,000.

Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable channel in prime time with an average 2.21 million viewers. It was followed by ESPN with 2.17 million; Hallmark with 1.28 million; MSNBC with 1.11 million; and HGTV with 857,000.

ABC's "World News Tonight" led the evening news ratings competition, averaging 8.1 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" had 7 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.2 million.

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