February 16, 1996 in Features

Nbc Dominates Nielsen Ratings With 7 Shows In Top 10

Associated Press
 

NBC, with the finale of the “Gulliver’s Travels” in fourth place, put seven shows in the Top 10 and easily won the prime-time Nielsen ratings crown, but lowly CBS edged ABC for second place.

Despite the dominance of Gulliver and NBC’s Thursday-night lineup, CBS landed “60 Minutes” at No. 8 and its “Thorn Birds” miniseries at No. 9. CBS’ “Walker, Texas Ranger” tied for 10th, and family hit “Touched by an Angel” placed at No. 14.

“Home Improvement,” at No. 6, was ABC’s only Top 10 show.

For the week of Feb. 5-11, NBC led with an overwhelming 12.9 rating, and a 21 percent average share of the prime-time audience. Both CBS and ABC had a 16 share, but CBS placed with a 10.1 rating to ABC’s 10.0.

Fox earned an 8.4 rating, 13 share.

Prime-time ratings as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Feb. 5-11. Listings include the week’s ranking, with rating for the week, season-to-date rankings in parentheses, and total homes.

An “X” in parentheses denotes one-time-only presentation. A rating measures the percentage of the nation’s 95.9 million TV homes. Each point represents 959,000 households.

1. (1) “ER,” NBC, 25.9, 24.8 million homes.

2. (2) “Seinfeld,” NBC, 23.9, 22.9 million homes.

3. (3) “Friends,” NBC, 21.7, 20.8 million homes.

4. (16) “NBC Monday Nights Movies: Gulliver”s Travels, Part 2,” NBC, 17.2, 16.5 million homes.

5. (6) “Single Guy,” NBC, 16.8, 16.1 million homes.

6. (7) “Home Improvement,” ABC, 16.2, 15.5 million homes.

7. (12) “Frasier,” NBC, 15.9, 15.2 million homes.

8. (10) “60 Minutes,” CBS, 15.2, 14.6 million homes.

9. “CBS Sunday Movie: Thorn Birds - The Missing Years, Part 1,” CBS, 14.6, 14.0 million homes.

10. (25) “Law & Order,” NBC, 14.3, 13.7 million homes.

10. (22) “Walker, Texas Ranger,” CBS, 14.3, 13.7 million homes.

12. (8) “NYPD Blue,” ABC, 14.1, 13.5 million homes.

13. (14) “20/20,” ABC, 13.8, 13.2 million homes.

14. “Touched by an Angel,” CBS, 13.4, 12.9 million homes.

15. (13) “Grace Under Fire,” ABC, 13.2, 12.7 million homes.

15. (9) “3rd Rock From The Sun,” NBC, 13.2, 12.7 million homes.

17. (22) “America”s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 13.0, 12.5 million homes.

17. “John Larroquette Show,” NBC, 13.0, 12.5 million homes.

19. (33) “Lois & Clark,” ABC, 12.9, 12.4 million homes.

19. (16) “Nanny,” CBS, 12.9, 12.4 million homes.

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