Fox, which since the start of the television season has churned out so many wonderful Losers for the Wednesday TV Column, dried up as a Loser source last week when it scrubbed virtually all of what it ironically refers to as its "regular schedule" in favor of all baseball all the time.
Here's a look at the week's most and least:
ALCS Game 7. More than 31 million folks watched the Red Sox improbably come back to snag the American League championship -- the most watched program of the week. That made it Fox's second most watched baseball game ever, behind Game 7 of the post-Sept. 11, 2001, World Series in which the Arizona Diamondbacks staged a miraculous comeback in the bottom of the ninth, scoring twice to beat the defending champion New York Yankees, 3-2.
World Series. Fox's Saturday and Sunday lineups, otherwise known as Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, delivered the highest-rated Games 1-2 average since 1996. Game 1 (23.2 million viewers) copped 31 percent more viewers and Game 2 (25.5 million) enjoyed 24 percent more viewers than last year's comparable games.
"Desperate Housewives." . . . and, it's World Series-proof! Opposite Game 2 of the Series, ABC's too-hot-for-the-religious-right dramedy was the week's most watched non-sports program among the 18-to-49-year-olds whom advertisers pay top dollar to reach. It beat CBS's "CSI" for the first time in the demographic group.
"Biggest Loser." How humiliating for Jay Mohr: His NBC reality series "Last Comic Standing" gets wiped out by a fat-farm competition. The debut of "Biggest Loser" clocked nearly 10 million viewers -- 32 percent more than the network's average this fall in the Tuesday time period with, mostly, "Last Comic Standing" and "Father of the Pride."
"Monday Night Football." Opposite Game 5 of Red Sox-Yankees ALCS play, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams wilted like hothouse flowers, resulting in "Monday Night Football's" smallest audience in people-meter history -- nearly two decades.
Mel Gibson. Poor Mel did not have such a great week. First, his Tuesday baseball drama, "Clubhouse," hit a series low and CBS announced it would be moved to Saturdays, i.e. put-out-to-pasture night. Then his highly touted appearance on his Friday comedy "Complete Savages" (which turned out to be a lousy cameo in a motor-safety instructional video that ran during the sitcom) did not move the needle on that new ABC series at all.
"LAX." Last week, the drama with Heather Locklear as co-chief of LAX hit a record low 6 million viewers. NBC has announced it's moving the series to Wednesdays at 8 p.m., replacing yanked "Hawaii," to provide a stronger lead-in to "The West Wing." Did we mention "LAX" stars Heather Locklear as the co-chief of Los Angeles International Airport?
"The West Wing." Because we have no Good News/Bad News category: NBC's White House drama opened its sixth season to an audience of 12.3 million -- its smallest debut audience ever. On the other hand, it was stuck opposite that so-incredible-even-I-watched-it ALCS Game 7, and it doubled its lead-in audience.
The week's 10 most watched programs, in order, were Fox's ALCS Game 7; CBS's "CSI"; Fox's World Series Game 2, ALCS Game 6, World Series Game 1; ABC's "Desperate Housewives"; Fox's NLCS Game 7; and CBS's "CSI: Miami," "Survivor: Vanuatu" and "Without a Trace."