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THE NIELSENS

Dramas set pace in week's race for ratings

ASSOCIATED PRESS

30-Sep-1999 Thursday

Dramas were the big sellers during a promising opening week for television networks, as viewers checked out new series about divorcees rekindling romance, White House staff machinations and a battling marital lawyer.

In a season marked by a glut of offerings for teen-agers and young adults, it was the more adult fare that opened stronger. And it was a tough week for comedies.

NBC narrowly won the first week's Nielsens ratings race, primarily because the strong "Saturday Night Live" 25th-anniversary special Sunday blunted the impact of CBS' strongest night.

Two new dramas premiered in the week's top 10: ABC's critically acclaimed "Once and Again," about two recently divorced parents fumbling through a romance, and NBC's "Third Watch," about an emergency medical team.

NBC also had strong showings by "West Wing," the White House drama with Martin Sheen as president, and the spinoff series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." ABC was pleased with its new "Snoops," amid tough competition Sunday night.

Two legal dramas did well for CBS: "Family Law," about a marital attorney who must rebuild her career when her own marriage breaks up, and "Judging Amy," which fell off a bit from its premiere the previous week, but still posted encouraging numbers.

Comedies haven't done nearly as well. Fox's "Action" has been a particular disappointment.

For the week, NBC had a 9.9 rating and 16 share, followed by CBS (9.7 rating and 16 share), ABC (8.3 and 14) and Fox (5.3 and 9). NBC easily won among the advertiser-desired 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Among the other networks, The WB (2.9 rating and 5 share) led UPN (2.5 and 4) and Pax TV (0.8 and 1).

ABC's "World News Tonight" won the evening news ratings race with a 7.3 rating and 16 share, followed by "NBC Nightly News" (7.2 and 16) and the "CBS Evening News" (6.4 and 14).

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.

Here are the prime-time ratings as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Sept. 20-26:

1. "Friends," NBC.

2. "Frasier," NBC.

3. "NFL Monday Night Football: Atlanta at Dallas," ABC.

4. "Third Watch," NBC.

5. "Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special," NBC.

6. "Jesse," NBC.

7. "Law & Order," NBC.

8. "NFL Monday Showcase," ABC.

9. "33rd Annual Country Music Association Awards," CBS.

9. "Once and Again," ABC.

9. "Stark Raving Mad," NBC.

12. "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS.

13. "West Wing," NBC.

14. "Touched by an Angel," CBS.

15. "The Practice," ABC.

16. "Family Law," CBS.

17. "Will & Grace," NBC.

18. "Dharma & Greg," ABC.

19. "CBS Sunday Movie: A Song From the Heart."

20. "JAG," CBS.

20. "Providence," NBC.

22. "Becker," CBS.

23. "3rd Rock From the Sun," NBC.

24. "60 Minutes," CBS.

25. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," NBC.

26. "20/20" (Friday), ABC.

27. "Dharma & Greg," ABC.

27. "Third Watch," NBC.

29. "Judging Amy," CBS.

30. "Dateline NBC" (Friday).

31. "60 Minutes II," CBS.

31. "Walker, Texas Ranger," CBS.

33. "Just Shoot Me," NBC.

33. "The King of Queens," CBS.

33. "Ladies Man," CBS.

36. "Diagnosis Murder," CBS.

36. "Nash Bridges," CBS.

38. "Chicago Hope," CBS.

38. "The Drew Carey Show," ABC.

40. "20/20" (Monday), ABC.

40. "48 Hours," CBS.

40. "Snoops," ABC.

40. "Spin City," ABC.

44. "20/20" (Wednesday), ABC.

44. "Dateline NBC" (Wednesday).

46. "Dateline NBC" (Tuesday).

46. "Now and Again," CBS.

48. "The Simpsons," Fox.

49. "Two Guys and a Girl," ABC.

50. "Dateline NBC" (Monday).

51. "Norm," ABC.

52. "It's like, you know ...," ABC.

52. "Oh Grow Up," ABC.

54. "Futurama," Fox.

54. "The Mike O'Malley Show," NBC.

56. "Martial Law," CBS.

57. "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," ABC.

58. "Early Edition," CBS.

59. "Cold Feet," NBC.

59. "The Profiler," NBC.

61. "Kids Say the Darndest Things," CBS.

62. "ABC Big Picture Show: Lethal Weapon 3."

62. "Odd Man Out," ABC.

62. "The Pretender," NBC.

62. "Wonderful World of Disney: Sabrina, Down Under," ABC.

66. "Dateline NBC" (Sunday).

66. "King of the Hill," Fox.

66. "Veronica's Closet," NBC.

69. "Boy Meets World," ABC.

69. "Suddenly Susan," NBC.

69. "When Good Times Go Bad 3," Fox.

72. "7th Heaven," WB.

72. "Beverly Hills, 90210," Fox.

72. "Candid Camera," CBS.

72. "Freaks and Geeks," NBC.

76. "The Hughleys," ABC.

77. "Fox Movie Special: Speed."

78. "COPS 2: Palm Beach," Fox.

79. "ABC Saturday Night Movie: Selena."

79. "Ally McBeal," Fox.

79. "AMW: America Fights Back," Fox.

79. "Family Guy," Fox.

83. "World's Wildest Police Videos," Fox.

84. "COPS: Indianapolis," Fox.

85. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," ABC.

86. "WWF Smackdown!" UPN.

87. "That '70s Show," Fox.

88. "World's Scariest Explosions," Fox.

89. "Get Real," Fox.

90. "That '70s Show," Fox.

91. "Safe Harbor," WB.

91. "Star Trek: Voyager," UPN.

93. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," WB.

94. "Felicity," WB.

95. "Action," Fox.

95. "Family Guy," Fox.

97. "Action Special," Fox.

98. "Jack & Jill," WB.

99. "Charmed," WB.

99. "Grown Ups," UPN.

99. "The Parkers," UPN.

102. "Charmed," WB.

103. "Star Trek: Voyager," UPN.

104. "Malcolm & Eddie," UPN.

104. "Moesha," UPN.

106. "7th Heaven Beginnings," WB.

106. "The Steve Harvey Show," WB.

108. "Dawson's Creek," WB.

108. "For Your Love," WB.

108. "The Jamie Foxx Show," WB.

111. "Charmed," WB.

112. "The Jamie Foxx Show," WB.

112. "Mission Hill," WB.

114. The Jamie Foxx Show," WB.

115. "Dilbert," UPN.

116. "Redhanded," UPN.

117. "Diagnosis Murder," Pax.

117. "Diagnosis Murder," Pax.

117. "Mrs. America Pageant," Pax.

117. "Star Trek: Voyager," UPN.

117. "UPN Special Presentation: Alien Cargo."

122. "Diagnosis Murder," Pax.

122. "Diagnosis Murder," Pax.

122. "Touched by an Angel," Pax.

125. "Touched by an Angel," Pax.

125. "Twice in a Lifetime," Pax.

127. "Touched by an Angel," Pax.

128. "Diagnosis Murder," Pax.

128. "It's a Miracle," Pax.

128. "Touched by an Angel," Pax.

131. "Chicken Soup for the Soul," Pax.

131. "Destination Stardom," Pax.

131. "Hope Island," Pax.

131. "Twice in a Lifetime," Pax.

135. "It's a Miracle," Pax.

135. "Little Men," Pax.

135. "Touched by an Angel," Pax.

138. "Chicken Soup for the Soul," Pax.

139. "Destination Stardom," Pax.

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Nielsen Ratings

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

#

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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