‘Field Of Dreams’ MLB Game On Fox Wins Thursday; ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Final Season Debut Slightly Down From Previous Year

The Yankees vs. White Sox game set in the cornfields of Field of Dreams was a home run for Fox, which took the top place in Thursday ratings and viewership.

The Iowa match, which saw the White Sox triumph with 9-8 scored, a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.16 million viewers, per fast affiliates. As will all big live events including sports games and awards shows, the early MLB numbers are not time zone adjusted and subject to change. That said, MLB won the primetime crowd over, potentially thanks to a cameo from Field of Dreams star Kevin Costner.

NBC saw the return of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine which heads into its eighth and final season. The Andy Samberg-led comedy’s return (0.6, 2.53M) was slightly down from the Season 7 premiere  in February 2020 (0.7, 2.67M). In the 8-9 p.m. time slot, Brooklyn Nine-Nine trailed behind the latest episode of Big Brother over at CBS (1.0, 4.58M) and was only slightly bested by ABC’s Holey Moley (0.4, 2.74M) in viewers.

Also in the same time slot was the Walker Season 1 finale (0.1, 1.19) on the CW, which fell three tenths in ratings and about 51% in viewers from its January 2021 debut.

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CBS won the 9-10 p.m. time slot with the latest Love Island (0.6, 2.69M). Trailing behind the reality series were NBC’s Making It, ABC’s When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren and the CW’s The Outpost.

The night closed off with CBS’ Bull (0.3, 2.23M) taking the most viewers in the 10-11 p.m. time slot and tying Law & Order: Organized Crime and The Hustler, respectively on NBC and ABC, in ratings.

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