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NBC Wins Baseball-Free Friday
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Fast National ratings for Friday, Oct. 22, 2004.

Friday night represented the calm between baseball's league championship series and the World Series, which begins on Saturday. NBC took advantage and scored a surprisingly easy win for the night.

Overall, NBC averaged a 6.2 rating/11 share for the night, well ahead of second place CBS' 5.2/9 or the 4.7/8. Stripped of baseball, FOX was left to flounder with a 2.9/5, just ahead of the 2.3/4 for The WB. UPN trailed with a 1.6/3.

Among adults 18-49 NBC won with a 2.8 rating. ABC moved up to second in the important demographic with a 2.2 rating, followed by CBS' 1.9 rating and the 1.6 rating for FOX. The WB stayed fifth with a 1.4, better than the 1.1 rating for UPN.

NBC swept the night, beginning with the 6.5/12 for "Dateline." CBS was second for the 8 p.m. hour with the 5.0/9 for "Joan of Arcadia." ABC's "8 Simple Rules" and "Complete Savages" averaged a 4.4/8 for third. FOX was fourth with reairings of "Totally Outrageous Behavior" and "World's Craziest Videos." On UPN, "Enterprise" had a 1.9/4 and edged "What I Like About You" and "Grounded for Life" on The WB.

"Third Watch" gave NBC a 6.4/11 for the 8 p.m. hour for an easy win over CBS' heavily hyped "Genius: A Night For Ray Charles," which had only a 5.5/10. ABC's "Hope & Faith" and "Less Than Perfect" kept the network in third. FOX viewers weren't interested in following "America's Most Wanted" to Fridays, as the show did only a 3.0/5. Two episode of "Reba" averaged a 2.9/5 for The WB and topped UPN's "America's Next Top Model" reairing.

At 10 p.m. "Medical Investigation" had a 5.6/10 for NBC. ABC's "20/20" was right behind in second, as CBS' "dr. vegas" was third with a 5.1/8.

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