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Fox Wins Ratings Race Thanks to World Series Coverage

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Fox earned a ratings victory last week with its coverage of the World Series, pitting the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Three of the first four games of the World Series entered the Nielsen's top 10 for the week ending Sunday.  The fourth game, which was played Sunday night, drew an audience of nearly 16 million viewers.

The Red Sox own a 3-2 series lead over the Cardinals following their victory Monday night in the fifth game, which was seen by 13.2 million people, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Red Sox will have the opportunity to clinch the World Series championship Wednesday night in Boston.

Fox averaged the most viewers of any network in primetime last week.  CBS was second, followed by NBC, ABC, Univision, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Oct. 21-27, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NCIS, CBS, 18.99 million
2. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 16.99 million
3. NFL Football: Green Bay at Minnesota, NBC, 16.89 million
4. World Series Game 4: Boston at St. Louis, Fox, 15.98 million
5. World Series Game 4 Pregame, Fox, 15.38 million
6. The OT, Fox, 15.24 million
7. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 14.92 million
8. World Series Game 1: St. Louis vs. Boston, Fox, 14.4 million
9. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 13.69 million
10. World Series Game 2: St. Louis vs. Boston, Fox, 13.43 million

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