Struggling Jets Topple the Weekly Ratings, Not the Patriots

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By Jerry Barmash Comment

It took overtime before the New England Patriots bested their AFC East rivals, 29-26. Despite the New York Jets loss, the game got the highest prime time rating for the week. An estimated 2 million fans were tuned to WCBS, with a 10.2 rating, according to Nielsen.

The extended NFL coverage put 60 Minutes on late, but no matter. The veteran newsmagazine had a second-place finish with 1.4 million WCBS viewers and a 7.1 rating.

A different kind of reality TV was next. ABC’s Dancing With The Stars held down the third and fourth positions for the week. The show averaged 1.2 million viewers and a 6.0 rating for the two nights.

The Yankees attempt to win another World Series fell short. Game 3 of the ALCS on TBS was sixth with 1 million viewers and a 5.4.

The penultimate presidential debate at Hofstra University made several appearances in the survey. ABC’s coverage landed at number seven (986,000/5.0), while NBC was ninth (905,000/4.6).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

  • New York TV ratings. Week of October 21:
  • Finish Show Network Viewers Rating
    5th Modern Family(9p) WABC 1.1 M 5.7
    8th Big Bang Theory WCBS 945K M 4.8
    10th Two and a Half Men WACBS 905k 4.2

    AMC’s Walking Dead cracked the Top 20, tying for a strong number 13 for the week (739,000/3.8).

    WNYW/Channel 5 had only one entry in the Top 30. X Factor landed in a tied for 22nd. The show, which was basically “Rain Delay Theater” for the NLCS, aired an abbreviated one-hour version (670,000/3.4).

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