Game 2 of the World Series didn't get quite the ratings of Wednesday's opener, thanks mostly to increased competition. But FOX still won the night.
FOX averaged a 10.1 rating/16 share in primetime (those numbers may change some due to the live broadcast). CBS finished second in households at 8.7/14, but ABC, 8.2/13, had a few more total viewers. NBC's 5.1/8 was good enough for fourth, and The CW trailed with a 1.7/3.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 4.8 rating led the way, narrowly beating ABC's 4.6. CBS, 3.9, edged NBC, 3.8, for third, and The CW was well off the pace at 1.1.
The World Series pregame and the start of Game 2 scored an 8.9/14 for FOX at 8 p.m. CBS, however, had the most total viewers for the hour with "Survivor: China," 8.6/13. "Ugly Betty" drew a 6.8/11 for ABC. NBC was fourth with "My Name Is Earl" and "30 Rock." The CW got a 2.8/4 from "Smallville."
ABC moved to the lead at 9 p.m. with "Grey's Anatomy," the night's top show at 12.1/18. The World Series improved to 10.8/17 on FOX. CBS aired a "CSI" repeat but still pulled down a solid 9.4/14. "The Office," 5.2/8, and the season premiere of "Scrubs," 4.2/6, kept NBC in fourth, ahead of "Supernatural" on The CW.
At 10 p.m., the World Series game reclaimed the top spot with a 10.7/17. "Without a Trace," 8.3/14, took second for CBS. "ER" posted a 6.0/10 for NBC, beating out ABC's "Big Shots" for third.