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The first two games of Fox's World Series match-up between the Florida Marlins and New York Yankees didn't rate as high as the last few games of the League Championship Series, when the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs were still in the mix, but both posted solid numbers to win Saturday and Sunday nights.
Game 1 on Saturday night scored a 10.9/20 fast national rating-up 16 percent from last year-and an average 16 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That's a 16 percent gain over the same game last year.
Fox easily won Saturday night in households, total viewers and adults 18 to 49. Game 2 on Sunday also finished first in all three measurements. It averaged a 6.6/17 in adults 18 to 49 and 17.8 million total viewers. Top nonsports choices for the night were CBS's "Cold Case" (2.8/7 in adults 18 to 49 and 11.4 million viewers) at 8 p.m., NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (4.7/11 in adults 8 to 49 and 14.2 million viewers) at 9 p.m. and ABC's "The Practice" (3.8/10 in adults 18 to 49 and 10.6 million viewers) at 10 p.m.
For the night, Fox won the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 6.6/17, followed by ABC (3.2/8), NBC (3.0/8), CBS (2.9/8) and The WB (1.7/4). In total viewers, Fox won with 17.8 million, followed by CBS (10.7 million), NBC (9.5 million), ABC (9 million) and The WB (3.9 million).