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Posted at 2:00 p.m. PDT Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Thirty-two million viewers bid farewell to Michael J. Fox

BY DAVID BAUDER
AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael J. Fox drew the largest audience ever to ``Spin City'' for his farewell last week to the 4-year-old ABC political comedy.

The hour-long episode last Wednesday drew 32.7 million viewers, the largest audience for an ABC comedy since last year's ``Home Improvement'' finale, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday.

Fox is quitting the series because he's suffering from Parkinson's disease. ``Spin City'' is continuing with Charlie Sheen. Although last week's episode was heavily promoted as a farewell, ABC has said Fox will appear in a handful of episodes next season.

``Spin City'' eclipsed three installments of ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' in the ratings, enabling ABC to maintain its dominance.

Tuesday was a successful night for dramas, with both ABC's season finale of ``NYPD Blue'' and CBS's competing ``Judging Amy'' finishing in Nielsen's top 10.

For the week, ABC averaged 13.6 million viewers (9.2 rating, 17 share). CBS was a distant second with 10.2 million viewers on average (7.4, 13), NBC had 9.5 million viewers (6.8, 12), and Fox had 6.7 million viewers (4.5, 8)

UPN had just under 4 million viewers (2.6 rating, 4 share), the WB had 3.2 million viewers (2.3, 4), and Pax TV had 1.1 million viewers (0.8, 1).

NBC's ``Nightly News'' won the evening news ratings race with 9.4 million viewers (7.0 rating, 16 share). ABC's ``World News Tonight'' had 8.7 million viewers (6.8, 15), and the ``CBS Evening News'' had 7.1 million viewers (5.5, 12).

NBC also won the May ratings sweeps in news, beating ABC in a tight competition by 4 percent.

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.

For the week of May 22-28, the shows, networks and ratings were:

1. (27) ``Spin City,'' ABC, 20.8, 21.01 million homes. BR>2. (2) ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Thursday,'' ABC, 17.3, 17.41 million homes.
3. (X) ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Wednesday,'' ABC, 15.9, 16.01 million homes.
4. (1) ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Tuesday,'' ABC, 15.3, 15.45 million homes.
5. (35) ''20/20-Wednesday,'' ABC, 13.6, 13.65 million homes.
6. (11) ``Law and Order,'' NBC, 13.3, 13.40 million homes.
7. (13) ``Everybody Loves Raymond,'' CBS, 12.4, 12.50 million homes.
8. (3) ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Sunday,'' ABC, 11.9, 12.01 million homes.
9. (18) ``NYPD Blue,'' ABC, 11.4, 11.47 million homes.
10. (22) ``Judging Amy,'' CBS, 11.1, 11.14 million homes.
11. (21) ``Becker,'' CBS, 10.9, 11.03 million homes.
11. (41) ``Will & Grace,'' NBC, 10.9, 11.02 million homes.
13. (X) ``Law and Order,'' NBC, 10.8, 10.90 million homes.
14. (43) ''20/20-Downtown,'' ABC, 10.2, 10.32 million homes.
15. (23) ``JAG,'' CBS, 9.5, 9.58 million homes.
16. (X) ''48 Hours,'' CBS, 9.2, 9.24 million homes.
17. (27) ``ABC Monday Night Movie: Con Air,'' ABC, 9.1, 9.14 million homes.
17. (X) ``Everybody Loves Raymond,'' CBS, 9.1, 9.19 million homes.
19. (4) ``ER,'' NBC, 9.0, 9.04 million homes.
20. (X) ``CBS Sunday Movie: Sleepless in Seattle,'' CBS, 8.8, 8.87 million homes.
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21. ``Dateline NBC-Tuesday,'' NBC, 8.4
22. ''60 Minutes,'' CBS, 8.3
23. ``Friends,'' NBC, 8.1
24. (X) ``CBS Friday Movie: The Pelican Brief'','' CBS, 8.0
24. ``King of Queens,'' CBS, 8.0
26. ''60 Minutes II,'' CBS, 7.9
27. ``Ally McBeal,'' Fox, 7.8
28. ``Frasier,'' NBC, 7.7
29. ``Touched by an Angel,'' CBS, 7.5
30. (X) ``NBA Playoffs: L.A. Lakers at Portland-Friday,'' NBC, 7.4
31. ``Third Watch,'' NBC, 7.3
32. ''20/20-Friday,'' ABC, 7.1
33. ``Diagnosis Murder,'' CBS, 7.0
33. ``Jesse,'' NBC, 7.0
33. ``The Practice,'' ABC, 7.0
36. (X) ``Jesse,'' NBC, 6.9
37. (X) ``NBC Movie of the Week: Men in Black-Monday,'' NBC, 6.8
38. ``Walker, Texas Ranger,'' CBS, 6.6
38. ``Whose Line Is It Anyway?-8:30pm,'' ABC, 6.6
40. ``Dateline NBC-Sunday,'' NBC, 6.4
40. (X) ``Friends,'' NBC, 6.4
42. ''3rd Rock from the Sun,'' NBC, 6.3
43. ''48 Hours,'' CBS, 5.7
43. (X) ``Opening Tomb of the Golden Mummies,'' Fox, 5.7
45. ``Whose Line Is It Anyway?,'' ABC, 5.6
46. (X) ``Dateline NBC-Friday,'' NBC, 5.4
46. ``That '70s Show,'' Fox, 5.4
48. (X) ``Fox Movie: Happy Gilmore,'' Fox, 5.2
48. ``The Simpsons,'' Fox, 5.2
50. (X) ``Diagnosis Murder ,'' CBS, 5.1
50. (X) ``NBA Tipoff-Friday,'' NBC, 5.1
50. ``Titus,'' Fox, 5.1
53. ``Malcolm in the Middle,'' Fox, 5.0
54. ''7th Heaven,'' WB , 4.9
55. ``Early Edition,'' CBS, 4.8
56. ``Martial Law,'' CBS, 4.7
57. ``ABC Saturday Night Movie: Assassins,'' ABC, 4.5
57. ``CBS Wednesday Movie: The Wednesday Woman,'' CBS, 4.5
57. ``Cops 2: Indianapolis,'' Fox, 4.5
57. ``World Wrestling Federation Smackdown!,'' UPN, 4.5
61. (X) ``The 25 Hottest Stars under 25,'' ABC, 4.4
61. ``Making the Band,'' ABC, 4.4
63. ``NBC Sunday Night Movie: Inherit the Wind,'' NBC, 4.3
63. (X) ``World's Most Amazing Videos,'' NBC, 4.3
65. (X) ``Twenty-One,'' NBC, 4.2
66. ``Greed,'' Fox, 4.1
67. (X) ``Guinness World Records,'' Fox, 4.0
67. ``The X-Files,'' Fox, 4.0
69. ``Cops: Fort Worth,'' Fox, 3.9
69. (X) ``When Seconds Count,'' CBS, 3.9
71. ``Wonderful World of Disney: A Kid in King Arthur's Court,'' ABC 3.7, 3718
72. ``Dawson's Creek,'' WB , 3.6
72. ``King of the Hill,'' Fox, 3.6
72. ``NBC Saturday Night Movies: Timecop,'' NBC, 3.6
75. (X) ``Best TV You've Never Seen,'' ABC, 3.4
76. ``Star Trek: Voyager,'' UPN, 3.3
77. ``Angel,'' WB , 3.2
77. ``Buffy, The Vampire Slayer,'' WB , 3.2
79. ``Beyond Belief: Fact/Ficton,'' Fox, 3.1
79. ``Moesha,'' UPN, 3.1
81. ``The Parkers,'' UPN, 2.9
82. (X) ``The 2000 Essence Awards,'' Fox, 2.8
82. ``Futurama,'' Fox, 2.8
84. ``Charmed,'' WB , 2.4
84. ``Felicity,'' WB , 2.4
86. ``Grown Ups,'' UPN, 2.2
87. ``Moesha-Tuesday,'' UPN, 2.1
87. ``The Steve Harvey Show,'' WB , 2.1
89. ''7 Days,'' UPN, 2.0
89. ``Malcolm & Eddie,'' UPN, 2.0
91. ``For Your Love,'' WB , 1.9
91. ``The Steve Harvey Show-1,'' WB , 1.9
93. ``The Parkers-Tuesday,'' UPN, 1.8
93. ``Popular,'' WB , 1.8
95. ``The Jamie Foxx Show-1,'' WB , 1.7
96. (X) ``Angel,'' WB , 1.6
97. ''7th Heaven Beginnings,'' WB , 1.5
97. ``I Dare You!,'' UPN, 1.5
97. (X) ``Killers in the Water,'' UPN, 1.5
100. ``Diagnosis Murder-Monday,'' Pax, 1.3
100. ``Diagnosis Murder-Wednesday,'' Pax, 1.3
100. ``Movie Stars,'' WB , 1.3
100. ``Secret Agent Man,'' UPN, 1.3
104. ``Diagnosis Murder-Tuesday,'' Pax, 1.2
105. ``Diagnosis Murder-Thursday,'' Pax, 1.1
105. ``Jack & Jill,'' WB , 1.1
105. ``Zoe,'' WB , 1.1
108. ``Diagnosis Murder-Friday,'' Pax, 1.0
108. ``Touched by an Angel-Friday,'' Pax, 1.0
110. (X) ``Pax Big Eve Sunday-Almost an Angel,'' Pax, 0.9
110. ``Touched by an Angel-Monday,'' Pax, 0.9
110. ``Touched by an Angel-Tuesday,'' Pax, 0.9
110. ``Twenty-One,'' Pax, 0.9
114. ``It's a Miracle,'' Pax, 0.8
114. ``Touched by an Angel-Wednesday,'' Pax, 0.8
116. ``It's a Miracle-Friday,'' Pax, 0.7
116. ``Touched by an Angel-Thursday,'' Pax, 0.7
118. (X) ``My True Story,'' Pax, 0.5
118. ``Pax TV Three-Hanky Movie: Stepping Out,'' Pax, 0.5
118. ``Touched by an Angel-weekend,'' Pax, 0.5
121. ``Chicken Soup for the Soul,'' Pax, 0.4
121. ``It's a Miracle-Encore,'' Pax, 0.4
121. ``Jack Hanna: Totally Wild,'' Pax, 0.4
121. ``Twice in a Lifetime,'' Pax, 0.4

Nielsen Ratings

Ratings run Monday - Sunday, use the links below to look for any week.

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Air Date

101

11/2/98

102

11/9/98

103

11/16/98

11/23/98

104

11/30/98

105

12/7/98

106

12/14/98

107

12/21/98

12/28/98

1/4/99

108

1/11/99

109

1/18/99

110

1/25/99

111

2/1/99

112

2/8/99

113

2/15/99

114

2/22/99

115

3/1/99

116

3/8/99

3/15/99

3/22/99

3/29/99
117

4/5/99

118

4/12/99

119

4/19/99

103

4/26/99

120

5/3/99

121 5/10/99
122

5/17/99

5/24/99

5/31/99

6/7/99
6/14/99

6/21/99

6/28/99
7/5/99
7/12/99
7/19/99

7/26/99

7/28/99
8/2/99
8/9/99
8/16/99
8/23/99
  9-6-99
  9-13-99
201 9-20-99
202 9-27-99
203 10-4-99
204 10-11-99
205 10-18-99
206 10/25/99
207 11/1/99
208 11/8/99
209 11/15/99
210 11/22/99
211 11/29/99

201

12/6/99
212 12/13/99
118 12/20/99
119 12/27/99
121 1/3/2000
213 1/10/00
214 1/17/00

122

1/24/00
203 1/31/00
215 2/7/00
216 2/14/00
217 2/21/00
218 2/28/00
  3/6/00
  3/13/00
219 3/20/00
  3/27/00
  4/3/00
220 4/10/00
221 4/17/00
222 4/24/00
223 5/01/00
224 5/08/00

 

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