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Posted at 3:29 p.m. PST Tuesday, February 29, 2000

ABC takes ratings sweeps behind ``Millionaire'' again

BY DAVID BAUDER
AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- ABC won its second straight ratings ``sweeps'' month behind the indomitable ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,'' which accounted for five of the seven most-watched television shows last week.

ABC, which hadn't won a February ratings sweep period since 1988, also won in November. Ratings are used during sweeps month to set local advertising rates.

Its network rivals, to blunt the impact of a sweeps month loss, point out that ABC's success was almost solely attributable to one show, since ``Millionaire'' accounted for 18 percent of the network's prime-time schedule in February.

``Had I had `Millionaire,'' I would have had it on 25 percent of my schedule,'' CBS President Leslie Moonves said Tuesday. ABC executives said there's strength elsewhere on ABC's schedule, too.

``All things have to fall,'' top NBC researcher Alan Wurtzel said. ``At some point, there will be a saturation. It's just that nobody knows exactly when.''

Not last week, plainly. All five ``Millionaire'' editions drew between 23 million and 29 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Yet the game show isn't necessarily destroying everything in its path. CBS had the best ratings since 1993 for its telecast of the Grammy Awards, and was up 12 percent in viewers over last year, despite competing during its first hour with ``Millionaire.''

NBC's ``Frasier'' also had strong ratings last week despite going up against the game show.

CBS was the winner in Sunday's faceoff of high-profile movies. Its ``Perfect Murder, Perfect Town'' movie about JonBenet Ramsey had nearly 19 million viewers, a million more than ABC's movie about the Beach Boys. Part one of NBC's miniseries, ``The 10th Kingdom,'' lagged far behind with 14 million viewers.

For the week, ABC averaged 16.6 million viewers in prime-time (10.9 rating, 18 share). CBS was second with 14.9 million viewers (10.0, 16), NBC had 13 million viewers (8.9, 14), and Fox had 9.8 million viewers (6.3, 10).

Among the mini-networks, UPN had 3.8 million viewers (2.6 rating, 4 share), the WB had 3.7 million viewers (2.7, 4), and Pax TV had 1 million viewers (0.8, 1).

ABC's ``World News Tonight'' led the evening news competition with 11.5 million viewers (8.2 rating, 16 share). NBC's ``Nightly News'' had 11.2 million viewers (8.3 rating, 17 share) and the ``CBS Evening News'' had 8.8 million viewers (6.7, 13).

A rating point represents 1,008,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 100.8 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show. It's possible for a show to have a higher rating than a competitor but fewer viewers; that indicates the higher-rated show had more people watching alone.

For the week of Feb. 21-27, the top 10 shows, their networks and ratings were:

``ER,'' NBC, 20.7; ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' (Tuesday), ABC, 18.8; ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' (Sunday), ABC, 17.8; ``Grammy Awards,'' CBS, 17.3; ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' (Thursday), ABC, 17.2; ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' (Wednesday), 15.9; ``Friends,'' NBC, 14.4; ``Frasier,'' NBC, 14.3; ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Friday), ABC, 14.0; ``CBS Sunday Movie: Perfect Murder, Perfect Town,'' CBS, 12.9.

Posted at 4:46 p.m. PST Tuesday, February 29, 2000

Prime-time Nielsen ratings

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Prime-time ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research for February 21-27, 2000. Top 20 listings include the week's ranking, with rating for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses.

An ``X'' in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation. The rating is the percentage of the nation's estimated 100.8 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 1,008,000 households.

1. (3) ``ER,'' NBC, 20.7, 20.9 million homes.

2. (1) ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Tuesday,'' ABC, 18.8, 18.9 million homes.

3. (3) ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Sunday,'' ABC, 17.8, 17.9 million homes.

4. (X) ``42nd Annual Grammy Awards,'' CBS, 17.3, 17.4 million homes.

5. (2) ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Thursday,'' ABC, 17.2, 17.3 million homes.

6. (X) ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Wednesday,'' ABC, 15.9, 16.1 million homes.

7. (5) ``Friends,'' NBC, 14.4, 14.5 million homes.

8. (6) ``Frasier,'' NBC, 14.3, 14.4 million homes.

9. (X) ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Friday,'' ABC, 14.0, 14.1 million homes.

10. (X) ``CBS Sunday Movie: Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, Part I,'' CBS, 12.9, 13.0 million homes.

11. (8) ``60 Minutes,'' CBS, 12.5, 12.6 million homes.

12. (21) ``Dharma & Greg,'' ABC, 12.3, 12.4 million homes.

13. (10) ``Everybody Loves Raymond,'' CBS, 11.9, 12.0 million homes.

14. (57) ``20/20-Downtown,'' ABC, 11.8, 11.9 million homes.

15. (X) ``Will & Grace,'' NBC, 11.6, 11.6

16. (24) ``ABC Monday Night Movie: Ransom,'' ABC, 11.5, 11.6 million homes.

16. (11) ``Jesse,'' NBC, 11.5, 11.6 million homes.

18. (X) ``ABC Premiere Event: The Beach Boys, Part I,'' ABC, 11.3, 11.4

19. (19) ``Jag,'' CBS, 11.2, 11.3 million homes.

19. (15) ``Law and Order,'' NBC, 11.2, 11.3 million homes.

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21. ``NYPD Blue,'' ABC, 11.0

22. ``Becker,'' CBS, 10.7

23. ``Judging Amy,'' CBS, 10.6

24. ``Providence,'' NBC, 10.5

25. ``Dateline NBC-Tuesday,'' NBC, 10.3

25. ``Touched by an Angel,'' CBS, 10.3

27. ``Ally McBeal,'' Fox, 10.0

28. ``60 Minutes II,'' CBS, 9.80

28. ``Diagnosis Murder,'' CBS, 9.8

30. ``Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,'' NBC, 9.7

31. ``The Simpsons,'' Fox, 9.4

32. ``The Drew Carey Show,'' ABC, 9.3

32. ``Malcolm in the Middle,'' Fox, 9.3

32. ``X-Files,'' Fox, 9.3

35. (X) ``The Drew Carey Show,'' ABC, 9.2

36. ``Just Shoot Me,'' NBC, 8.9

37. ``Walker, Texas Ranger,'' CBS, 8.8

37. ``The West Wing,'' NBC, 8.8

39. ``King of Queens,'' CBS, 8.7

39. (X) ``NYPD Blue,'' ABC, 8.7

39. ``Will & Grace,'' NBC, 8.7

42. (X) NBC Sunday Night Movie: 10th Kingdom, Part I ,'' NBC, 8.6

43. ``Dateline Friday,'' NBC, 8.3

43. ``Third Watch,'' NBC, 8.3

45. ``20/20-Friday,'' ABC, 8.1

45. ``Whose Line is it Anyway,'' ABC, 8.1

47. ``Ladies Man,'' CBS, 7.8

48. ``Family Law,'' CBS, 7.4

48. ``Nash Bridges,'' CBS, 7.4

48. ``Spin City,'' ABC, 7.4

48. (X) ``Twenty-one,'' NBC, 7.4

52. ``Martial Law,'' CBS, 7.3

53. (X) ``All-Star Bloopers,'' ABC, 7.2

54. ``Sabrina-Teenage Witch,'' ABC, 7.1

55. ``Whose Line is it Anyway?'' ABC, 6.6

56. (X) ``ABC Saturday Night Movie: Ransom,'' ABC, 6.5

56. ``Dateline NBC-Monday,'' NBC, 6.5

56. (X) ``That '70's Show,'' Fox, 6.5

59. ``Chicago Hope,'' CBS, 6.4

59. ``King of the Hill,'' Fox, 6.4

59. ``That 70's Show,'' Fox, 6.4

62. ``COPS 2: Indianapolix,'' Fox, 6.3

62.''The Others,'' NBC, 6.3

64. (X) ``Secrets of Street Magicians Finally Revealed,'' Fox 6.2

65. (X) ``3rd Rock From the Sun,'' NBC, 6.1

65. ``Now and Again,'' CBS, 6.1

65. ``Pretender,'' NBC, 6.1

68. ``3rd Rock From the Sun,'' NBC, 5.9

68. ``AMW: America Fights Back,'' Fox, 5.9

68. ``The Hughleys,'' ABC, 5.9

68. (X) ``World's Wildest Police Videos,'' Fox, 5.9

72. ``Early Edition,'' CBS, 5.8

73. ``World's Wildest Police Videos,'' Fox, 5.7

74. ``Kids Say the Darndest Things,'' CBS, 5.6

75. ``FOX thursday Night Movie: The Nutty Professor,'' Fox, 5.4

75. ``Profiler,'' NBC, 5.4

77. ``COPS: Albuquerque,'' Fox, 5.2

78. ``Futurama,'' Fox, 5.0

79. ``7th Heaven,'' WB, 4.9

79. (X) ``Kids Say the Darndest Things,'' CBS, 4.9

79. ``WWF Smackdown!'' UPN, 4.9

82. (X) ``Robbie Knievel 4: Head on Train Jump,'' Fox, 4.8

83. ``48 Hours,'' CBS, 4.7

83. (X) ``Twenty-one,'' NBC, 4.7

85. ``Dateline Sunday,'' NBC, 4.4

85. (X) ``TV Guide Sitcom Scandals,'' Fox, 4.4

87. ``Party of Five,'' Fox, 4.2

88. ``Buffy the Vampire Slayer,'' WB, 3.8

88. ``Charmed,'' WB, 3.8

90. ``Angel,'' WB, 3.3

91. ``Star Trek: Voyager,'' UPN, 3.2

92. ``The Parkers,'' UPN, 2.8

93. ``Moesha,'' UPN, 2.6

94. ``Popular,'' WB, 2.5

95. ``7th Heaven Beginnings,'' WB, 2.4

95. ``Felicity,'' WB, 2.4

97. ``Malcolm & Eddie,'' UPN, 2.3

97. ``The Steve Harvey Show,'' WB, 2.3

99. ``Grown Ups,'' UPN, 2.2

100. (X) ``Buffy the Vampire Slayer,'' WB, 2.1

100. ``Jack & Jill,'' WB, 2.1

102. ``7 Days,'' UPN, 2.0

102. ``The Jamie Foxx Show1,'' WB, 2.0

104. ``For Your Love,'' WB, 1.9

104. ``I Dare You!'' UPN, 1.9

104. ``The Jamie Foxx Show,'' WB, 1.9

107. ``Popular,'' WB, 1.8

108. (X) ``Angel,'' WB, 1.6

108. ``Shasta,'' UPN, 1.6

110. ``Blockbuster Cinema: Max Night: Ultra Spy,'' UPN, 1.5

110. ``Dilbert,'' UPN, 1.5

112. ``Diagnosis Murder-Wednesday,'' Pax, 1.2

113. ``Diagnosis Murder-Monday,'' Pax, 1.1

113. ``Diagnosis Murder-Thursday,'' Pax, 1.1

113. ``Diagnosis Murder-Tuesday,'' Pax, 1.1

113. ``Touched by an Angel-Tuesday,'' Pax, 1.1,

117. ``Touched by an Angel-Wednesday,'' Pax, 1.0

118. ``Destination Stardom,'' Pax, 0.9

118. ``Diagnosis Murder-Friday,'' Pax, 0.9

118. ``It's a Miracle,'' Pax, 0.9

121. (X) ``O Pioneers,'' Pax, 0.8

121. ``Touched by an Angel-Monday,'' Pax, 0.8

121. ``Touched by an Angel-Thursday,'' Pax, 0.8

124. ``It's a Miracle,'' Pax, 0.6

124. (X) ``Miracle Babies,'' Pax, 0.6

124. ``Touched by an Angel,'' Pax, 0.6

124. ``Touched by an Angel,'' Pax, 0.6

128. ``Chicken Soup for the Soul,'' Pax, 0.5

128. ``It's a Miracle-Friday,'' Pax, 0.5

128. (X) ``Miracle Cures,'' Pax, 0.5

128. ``PAXTV Three Hanky Movie: All God's Children,'' Pax, 0.5

132. (X) ``Chicken Soup,'' Pax, 0.4.


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