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11/23/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

World Series Ratings: 14.6 Million Watch, Down 17% From 2007

Two shows given full-season pickups despite modest ratings went different directions Wednesday night, while CBS' comedy block hit a season high.

Fox won the night with the first game of the World Series, Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (14.6 million, 4.8 rating, adults 18-49). The match gave Fox its highest-rated Wednesday since the "American Idol" finale, yet was down 17% in the adult demo from last year's Rockies vs. Red Sox Game 1 (and down 14% among total viewers).

With the Phillies winning Game 1, Fox Sports notes that it becomes more likely the Series will extend beyond four games. Only once in the last 40 years has the visiting team won Game 1 and gone on to sweep the Series.

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