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Abc Wrests Back Top Position In Weekly News Ratings

ABC regained the No. 1 spot from NBC in the nightly news ratings last week following a rough week for the network’s news division in court.

In prime time, it was the same old story: NBC was the winner with a 10.3 rating and 17 share, and “ER” was the week’s most-watched program, Nielsen Media Research reported.

The ratings victory for ABC’s “World News Tonight” during the week ending Dec. 22 was its 219th in the past 225 weeks. But Peter Jennings’ broadcast had lost to “NBC Nightly News” in each of the two previous weeks.

On top of that, a Florida jury last week awarded a banker $10 million after ruling that ABC’s “20/20” misrepresented him, and a federal court in North Carolina said the network committed fraud in sending “PrimeTime Live” reporters undercover for an expose on unsanitary practices in a supermarket chain.

ABC had a 9.3 rating and 18 share for its nightly news program, compared with NBC’s 9.1 rating and 18 share. The “CBS Evening News” lagged behind with a 7.9 rating and 15 share. For the week as a whole, NBC registered its 10th win of the 14-week television season. CBS was second with a 9.4 rating and 16 share, followed by ABC’s 9.1 rating and 15 share and Fox’s 6.7 rating and 11 share.

A rating point represents 970,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 97 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of televisions in use and tuned to a show during a certain period.

Prime-time ratings as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Dec. 16-22. Top 20 listings include the week’s ranking, (season-to-date rankings in parentheses), with rating for the week and total homes. An “X” in parentheses denotes one-time-only presentation.

1. (1) “ER,” NBC, 23.0, 22.3 million homes.

2. (2) “Seinfeld,” NBC, 19.9, 19.3 million homes.

3. (3) “Suddenly Susan,” NBC, 17.3, 16.8 million homes.

4. (5) “NFL Monday Night Football,” ABC, 15.2, 14.7 million homes.

5. (4) “Friends,” NBC, 14.8, 14.4 million homes.

6. “NewsRadio,” NBC, 14.0, 13.6 million homes.

7. (7) “Home Improvement,” ABC, 13.5, 13.1 million homes.

8. “CBS Tuesday Movie: Unlikely Angel,” CBS, 12.7, 12.3 million homes.

8. (8) “NYPD Blue,” ABC, 12.7, 12.3 million homes.

10. (9) “Touched by an Angel,” CBS, 12.4, 12.0 million homes.

11. (15) “Drew Carey Show,” ABC, 12.2, 11.8 million homes.

11. (17) “NBC Monday Night Movie: Stand Against Fear,” NBC, 12.2, 11.8 million homes.

13. (21) “NBC Sunday Night Movie: Sister Act,” NBC, 12.0, 11.6 million homes.

14. (11) “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.7, 11.4 million homes.

14. (12) “20/20,” ABC, 11.7, 11.4 million homes.

16. (18) “Walker, Texas Ranger,” CBS, 11.5, 11.2 million homes.

17. “Ellen,” ABC, 11.4, 11.1 million homes.

18. (9) “Spin City,” ABC, 11.1, 10.8 million homes.

19. (13) “Frasier,” NBC, 11.0, 10.7 million homes.

19. “PrimeTime Live,” ABC, 11.0, 10.7 million homes.

 
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