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Weekly ratings: World Series boosts Fox

October 28, 2008 |  1:16 pm

The World Series lifted Fox to victory among young adults last week, but the match-up between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays still wasn't enough to roll back CBS, which ran to its fourth straight weekly win among total viewers.

Fox surged on three prime-time baseball games for the week ending Oct. 26, with the most-watched being Sunday's Game 4, with 15.5 million viewers, according to figures published Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.

Yet CBS still took three nights -- Tuesday, Thursday and Friday -- among total viewers. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was the week's most-watched show (19.5 million viewers) notwithstanding competition from the World Series (12.8 million for Game 2) and ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" (14.4 million).

CBS was also the only network to grow (by 2%) in total viewers, compared with the same week last year. Its rivals were all down by double digits. 

Overall, CBS led in viewers with an average of 11.3 million, trailed by Fox (10.9 million), ABC (10 million) and NBC (6.1 million).

On basic cable, ESPN's Monday face-off between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots was week's the No. 1 program, with 10.8 million viewers.

--Scott Collins