November 21, 1997 in Features

Cbs Squeaks By Nbc For Weekly TV Ratings Victory

Associated Press
 

The scorned women of “Bella Mafia” and kid-friendly antics of Bill Cosby helped CBS score a narrow win over NBC in the television ratings last week.

CBS had a 10.4 rating and 17 share for the week, beating NBC’s 10.3 rating and 16 share, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. ABC finished with a 9.1 rating and 15 share. Fox had an 8.4 rating and 13 share.

While critically panned, the first part of the “Bella Mafia” miniseries on CBS placed seventh in the week’s ratings. Bill Cosby’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things” special brightened CBS’s normally moribund Friday night lineup with a 13th-place showing. CBS announced Tuesday that “Kids” would become a regular Friday series starting Jan. 9.

Although the “NBC Nightly News” won the evening race with a 9.2 rating and 17 share, CBS’s resurgence was again the big story. “The CBS Evening News” finished in second place with an 8.9 rating and 17 share, its first victory over ABC’s “World News Tonight” in a non-Olympic week since 1992. ABC had an 8.7 rating and 16 share.

Prime time ratings as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Nov. 10- Nov 16. Top 10 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 estimated 97 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 980,000 households.

1. (1) “E.R.,” NBC, 23.5, 22.8 million homes.

2. (2) “Seinfeld,” NBC, 21.7, 21.0 million homes.

3. (4) “Friends,” NBC, 18.2, 17.7 million homes.

4. (3) “Veronica’s Closet,” NBC, 18.1, 17.4 million homes.

5. (5) “Home Improvement,” ABC, 17.3, 16.8 million homes.

6. (5) “Touched By An Angel,” CBS, 17.2, 16.7 million homes.

7. (12) “CBS Sunday Movie: Bella Mafia, Part 1 of 2,” CBS, 14.8, 14.4 million homes.

8. (7) “NFL Monday Night Football: San Francisco at Philadelphia,” ABC, 14.3, 13.9 million homes.

9. (9) “Union Square,” NBC 14.2, 13.8 million homes.

10. (17) “20/20,” ABC, 14.0, 13.6 million homes.

11. (11) “60 Minutes,” CBS 13.9, 13.5 million homes.

12. (8) “X-Files,” Fox, 13.0, 12.6 million homes.

13. (10) “Frasier,” NBC, 12.9, 12.5 million homes.

13. (X) “Kids say the Darndest Things,” CBS, 12.9, 12.5 million homes.

15. (17) “Drew Carey Show,” ABC, 12.8, 12.4 million homes.

16. (25) “King of the Hill,” Fox, 12.5, 12.1 million homes.

17. (X) “Dharma & Greg,” ABC, 12.3, 11.9 million homes.

18. (27) “Dateline NBC,” (Friday) NBC, 12.2, 11.8 million homes.

18. (22) “Soul Man,” ABC, 12.2, 11.8 million homes.

20. (X) “Home Improvement,” ABC, 12.0, 11.6 million homes.

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