WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2013 — Tonight St. Louis and Boston square off at Fenway Park for game one of the World Series. The Red Sox are favored to win but regardless of which team comes out on top, the match up of two of the most historic franchises in baseball means the ultimate winner may be FOX, the network that airs the series.
Last year’s four game sweep by the San Francisco Giants was the lowest rated and least-viewed World Series ever. There was a time in the not too distant past when the World Series consistently averaged over 20 million viewers. But last year’s series averaged a paltry 12.7 million viewers per game. This year’s match up between the Cardinals and the Red Sox could not have come at a better time for baseball and FOX.
But the World Series is not without competition tonight. At 10 p.m. on CBS, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” reaches another milestone when it airs its 300th episode. The mother of all procedural crime dramas will be even more alluring to fans tonight when “CSI” alumnus Marg Helgenberger returns to help solve a case that has haunted the team for 14 years.
On basic cable the third season of “American Horror Story” is on track to be the most popular show in FX’s history. This season’s witch themed installment is running neck and neck with the network’s other big hit, “Sons of Anarchy.”
Compared to the previous two seasons of “American Horror Story,” “Coven” is outpacing “Asylum” by 41 percent in the key demo and season one by 90 percent. Almost doubling its audience in three years sets the bar high for seasons to follow, but for now “American Horror Story” fans could not be more pleased.
“American Horror Story: Coven” airs at 10 p.m. on FX.
FOX: World Series: Game 1: Cardinals at Red Sox: (Live) From Fenway Park in Boston.
ABC: The Middle: (New) Mike and Frankie begrudgingly agree to drive a giant cow float in a parade as the town of Orson celebrates its 100th anniversary; Sue tries to make Darrin jealous.
CBS: Survivor: Blood vs. Water: (New) Another castaway is voted out of the game and sent to Redemption Island.
NBC: Revolution: (New) Neville saves a Patriot, old friends are reunited and the Texas Rangers visit Willoughby.
CW: Arrow: (New) A criminal that Lance put away years ago breaks out of prison and starts torturing and murdering women. Felicity offers herself as bait so Arrow, Diggle and Lance can catch the villain. Meanwhile, DA Adam Donner seeks the death penalty for Moira.
ABC: Back in the Game: (New) The Cannon and Dick try to sabotage Terry’s relationship with a new guy; Danny lets other kids cheat off his test.
ABC: Modern Family: (New) Jay and Manny oppose Gloria’s decision to hire a male nanny; Phil and Jay try to cheer up Frank; Mitch and Cam ask Pepper to help plan their wedding.
CBS: Criminal Minds: (New) Hotch fights for his life due to complications from being stabbed by the Reaper, and experiences visions of his late wife and his nemesis Foyet. Meanwhile, the BAU searches for a missing teen and investigates her estranged father as a suspect in her disappearance.
NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: (New) Barba’s childhood friend is arrested for attempted rape, jeopardizing a political campaign. Kirk Acevedo guests.
CW: The Tomorrow People: (New) Stephen tries to help a classmate in peril and asks John and Cara to assist him, but they make it clear that they don’t help humans. Meanwhile, John gives Stephen a mission to infiltrate Ultra’s main computer so they can find new break-outs.
PBS: Nova: (New) Part 2 of 4. A look at innovations inspired by life, including underwater Wi-Fi based on how dolphins communicate; robotic “mules” and “cheetahs” for the military; robotic bees; bacteria-driven metallurgy; virus-built batteries; and “living” computers.
ABC: Super Fun Night: (New) When Kimmie’s mom takes over planning Jazmine’s engagement party; she gives it a luau theme and a bathing suit dress code.
ABC: Nashville: (New) Scarlett struggles when Jeff Fordham wants his new artists to cultivate hot, sexy personas; Rayna wants to obtain the rights to her music; Avery and Gunnar decide to record songs with Scarlett’s friend Zoey.
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (New) Catherine Willows returns to help the CSIs solve a cold case that has haunted the team for 14 years.
NBC: Ironside: (New) An uptown homicide spirals into a hunt for an elusive killer with ties to over a dozen murders.
PBS: Raw to Ready: (New) Part 2 of 4. A look at the common raw materials used by the Bentley Motor Company in its signature Mulsanne.
New episodes of:
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Restaurant Stakeout at 9 p.m. on Food Channel
Property Brothers at 9 p.m. on HGTV
American Pickers at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman at 9 p.m. on SCI
Ghost Hunters at 9 p.m. on Syfy
Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on OWN
Duck Dynasty at 10 p.m. on A&E
Restaurant Impossible at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
South Park at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central
Top Chef at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
American Horror Story: Coven at 10 p.m. on FX
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
How the Earth Works at 10 p.m. on SCI
Ghost Mine at 10 p.m. on Syfy
Key & Peele at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
Finding Nemo on ENC
Hard Rain on FLIX
Life According to Sam on HBO
Gamer on IFC
Lincoln on SHO
Laurel Canyon on SUND
Two Girls and a Sailor on TCM
Lawless on TMC
Broken City on CINEMAX
Moonrise Kingdom on HBO
Couples Retreat on USA
Phantoms at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX
Mayor Payne at 9:45 p.m. on ENC
Hulk at 10 p.m. on IFC
Red Eye at 10 p.m. on MOMAX
Castle on the Hudson at 10:15 p.m. on TCM