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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 29, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 29, 2008

The conclusion of Game 5 of the MLB World Series, which aired on FOX, was the number one-ranked primetime telecast on broadcast TV for Wednesday, October 29, 2008.

CBS’s “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: NY” rounded out the top three.

NBC’s and CBS’s telecasts of Sen. Barack Obama’s half-hour political infomercial also made the top 10.

Rank Program Network Viewers (P2+)
1 FOX WRLD SERIES GM5 CONCL(S)-10/29/2008 FOX 19,844,000
2 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 13,966,000
3 CSI: NY CBS 13,754,000
4 FOX WRLD SRS GM5 CONCLPRE(S)-10/29/2008 FOX 12,080,000
5 FOX WRLD SRS GM5 CONCLPST(S)-10/29/2008 FOX 10,538,000
6 OBAMA: PAID POLITICAL-NBC(S)-10/29/2008 NBC 9,911,000
7 OBAMA: PAID POLITICAL-CBS(S)-10/29/2008 CBS 8,602,000
8 DEAL OR NO DEAL-WED NBC 8,337,000
9 PRIVATE PRACTICE ABC 7,933,000
10 OLD CHRISTINE CBS 7,607,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (October 29, 2008).

Overall, FOX won the night with an average audience of just over 15.3 million viewers, while CBS took second place with just over 11.9 million average viewers. NBC and ABC claimed third and fourth places with roughly 7.4 million and 6.9 million average viewers, respectively. Univision and the CW followed in fifth and sixth places with average audiences of roughly 4.7 million and 2.8 million average viewers, respectively.