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F14 R WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 1997 LOS ANGELES TIMES TODAY ON TV CHANNELS UtAngetetf fflKVEAN.23 Orange County S3 K0OC(lnd.)56 DKC8S(C8S)02 E0KLCS(PBS17 DKNBCirffiOM EQKRCA(lnd20 HKnA(WB05 P.LL, DKABC1ASC107 ,2"" OKCALMI09 fBKC0P(UPN)13 SankBarian H0KSa(lnd)18 I31KEWIABCI07 EaKWHYlnd.22 sm,, EES 2 EHKTBN(lnd4fl VenUa County HBK0CEPBS)50 S3KADYIUPN) 16 Cable Services A&E39 E! 63 SOfl 87 AMC 35 ESPN 34 SHOW 41 BET 57 ESPN2 84 TBS 43 BRV054 FAM47 TIC 51 JJJjj'"1 FSW 27 TMC 58 EL HB033 TNN43 ZZ HISTX TNT 52 SlN42 USA44 DSC 37 MTV 48 VH162 DISN 53 NICK 38 WGN 55 Use numbers after call letters to set VCR Plus. Where there are two numbers, repeat the procedure. A indicates advertisement. Movie Ratings A CLASSIC FIRST RATE V FLAWED: HAS MOMENTS DESPERATION TIME TV RATINGS (TVY) All Children (TVY7) Directed to Older Children (TVGI General Audience (TVPG) Parental Guidance TV14 Parents Strongly Cautioned (TVMA) Mature Audiences Only MORNING 7:00 a.m. HKCBSNews U KNBC 36 KMIR Today Brad Pitt; Bob Vila. 47317 B KTIA Morning News Rose Marie. 96387 D KABC' 3 KEYT KESQ Good Morning America Airline safety; New York Auto Show; decorating Easter eggs. 98065 OKCAlThe Mask 32423 BD KTTV Good Day L A. Harrison Ford. Brad Pitt; Suzanne Somers. 23775 09 KCOP Mega Man 551 71 ESKWHY Business News EKCCTBaniey&FnendslRepeatl 19997 EQ KMEX Hoy Mismo EE KTBN Rod Parsley 03 KOCE Government by Consent S3 KVEA CBS TeleNoticias ED KOOC News (Japanese); JiJi Business News (7:20) US KRCA Little Saigon Television News 3 KADY Butlwinkle AMC Movie "Baby Take a Bow" (19341(1 hr. 30 min.) 702442 A&ELovejoylTVG) BET Hit List CSPN Public Policy CMAX Movie eV "Li'l Aimer" (1959) (1 hr. 54 min.) 830881 CNBC Money Wheel DISN Donald's Quack Attack E! Melrose Place ESPNSportsCenter ESPN2 Perfect Parts FSW Fox Sports News HBO Movie "The Man Who Saw Tomorrow" (1981) 784046 HIST The Real West (TVGI UPE Everyday Workout (TVG) MTV The Grind (TVPG) NICK Weinerville 632201 SCI-FI voyage to the Bottom of the Sea SHOW Richard Scarry TBS Three's Company (7:05) TlCPappyland(TVY) TNT Gilligan's Island USA USA Action Extreme Team 274201 WGN Andy Griffith (TVG) 7:30 a.m. BKCAL Masked Rider 11 930 00 KCOP Samurai Pma Cats tTDKSCIIran-Sima EBKWHY Business News ED KCET Storytime 98404 HUKMEXGirosTV 03 KTBN Marilyn Hickey H3 KOCE T'ai Chi in Paradise EB KVEA Hola Los Angeles 69978 B3KO0C0hayo Salon m KRCA Word of Faith 63 KADY Underdog DISN Goof Troop ESPN2 Crunch Fitness LIFE Denise Austin's Daily Workout (TVG) MTV Popular Videos People Prefer NICK Alvin and the Chipmunks SHOW Richard Scarry TBS Mama's Family (7:35) TIC The Wisdom of the Gnomes (TVY) TNT Gilligan's Island WGN Empty Nest (TVPG) 8:00 a.m. HKCBS This Morning Religion in Cuba; actress Jennifer Lopez ("Selena"); personal finance. 90107 BKCAL Beast Wars 33688 00 KCOP Pink Panther 89 KWHY Business News BDKCCTlantChop'sPlayAlong 48336 EE KTBN Kenneth Copeland 63 KOCE Inspiration of Painting: Oils S3 KADY Tennessee Tuxedo A&E Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer BET Video Vibrations BRVO National Arts Calendar COM Dr Katz: Professional Therapist DISN Chip 'N Dale's Rescue Rangers E! The Gossip Show 535152 ESPNSportsCenter ESPN2 Cory Everson's Gotta Sweat FAM Jesus of Nazareth (TVPG) FSW Fox Sports News HIST I, Claudius LIFE What Every Baby Knows (TVGI NICK Looney Tunes SCI-H Dark Shadows 1995084 SHOW Richard Scarry TBS Andy Griffith (TVGI (8:05) TLC Elementary Spanish (TVY) TMC Movie "The Nutty Nutt" (1996)11 hr. 34 min.) 30727152 18:15) TNN Dallas TNT Spenser: For Hire WGN In the Heat of the Night (TVPG) 8:30 a.m. BKCAL Bruno the Kid 32959 DO KCOP Step by Step I TVG) DO KSCI Today's Physician IS KWHY Business News BDKCET Arthur 47607 S3 KMEX El Chavo EE KTBN Lifestyle Magazine 157882 03 KOCE The Reppies 640423 GB KRCA MBC News Desk 63 KADY Laverne and Shirley AMC Movie srV "The Naked Dawn" 119551(1 hr. 30 min.) 614930 BRVO South Bank Show CNN CNN & Co. 663046 COM The Daily Show Craig Kilborn. 5490171 DISN The Little Mermaid E! News Daily ESPN2 Fitness Beach HBO Other Mothers 237713 LIFE Kids These Days (TVG) MTV Music Videos (TVPG) NICK Looney Tunes SCI-H Dark Shadows 1994355 SHOW Movie "100 Rifles" (1969)(1 hr. 50 mini 727591 TBS Andy Griffith (TVG) (8:35) TLCGeonauts(TVY) 9:00 a.m. BKCBS Guiding Light TV1 4) 96442 1 3 1 KEYT Regis & Kathie Lee 90269 DKNBCLeeza(TVPG) Missing persons. 81510 B KTIA Sally Jessy Raphael (TV1 4) Secrets revealed. 36084 O KABC142! KESQ Regis & Kathe Lea Adrian Pasdat, Marlon Wayans; Jon Secada; guest host Joy Philbin. 21 152 BKCAL Crook & Chase Kadeem Hardison; artist Peter Max. 41930 ED KTTV After Breakfast (TVG) Arsenio Hall: Sophie Marceau; guest co-host Marilu Henner. 76626 fflKCOPDr.GtiinaMedicirBVvoman(TVG) EB KWHY Business News 2 KVCR The Shelly T. Turtle Show16713 03 KCET Barney & Friends 38959 EBKMEXChespirito 36 KMIR Maury Povich 464862 EE KTBN Or. Cherry SO KOCE Instructional TV S3 KD0C Life in the Word GS KRCA K T A N News; Studio of Love 19:15) 163 KADY Movie "Too Young to Die?" (1990)12 hr.) 18152 ASEQuincy(TVG) CMAX Movie "Coneheads" (1993) 1hr. 28 min.) 149959 CNBC Inside Opinion CNN Newsday COM Movie "Back to School" (1986)12 hr.) 4985607 DSC Assignment Discovery DISN Winnie the Pooh El Talk Soup 525775 ESPN SportsCenter ESPN2Kiana's Flex Appeal LIFE Sisters (TVPGI NICKRugrats SCI-H Ripley's Believe It or Not! TBS Matlock (9:05) TLC Essentials (TVG) TNN Creative Living With Crafts TNT CHiPs (TVG) USA Movie "National Lampoon's Last Resort" (1994) (2 hr.) 557046 WGN Geraldo Rivera (TVPG) 961688 9:30 a.m. 03 KWHY Business News 24 KVCR Body Electric BO KCET The Puzzle Place 74249 EE KTBN Dean and Mary Brown BRVO Movie "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" (1983) 746607 CNBC Power Lunch 801510 CNN Burden of Proof 398220 DISN Mickey's Mouse Tracks E! Uncut Harrison Ford. 261065 ESPN2 BodyShaping HBO Movie "Stepping Out" (19911(1 hr. 49 min.) 298539 NICK Richard Scarry 749930 TMC Movie "The Guns of Navarone" (1961 1 806941 71 19:50 TNN Creative Living With Crafts 10:00 a.m. HKCBS The Price Is Right (TVG) H KNBC Maureen 0'Boyle Interracial love. 59152 B KTIA Little House on the Prairie UKABCI 3 J KEYT Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends Fortuitous coincidences. 77572 B KCAL Movie "The Family Man" (1979) (2 hr.) 70607 ED KTTV The Dating Game DO KCOP Everyday Living 30862 m KWHY Business News '24 KVCR Embroidery Studio 50 KCET Sesame Street 94688 m KMEX Papa Soltero 36 KMIR Geraldo Rivera (TVPGI 608846 EE KTBN TBN Today !4? KESQ Northern Exposure 03 KVEA Lo Mejor de Sevcec 58862 EOKDOCFroozles 712249 03 KRCA The Doctor Brothers (10:05) AMC Movie "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957) 772201 A&E Law & Order (TVPG) CNN CNN Today DSC Home Matters (TVGI 659978 DISN Adventures in Wonderland E! Movie "Bitter Harvest" (1 993) (2 hr )241 201 ESPN Sports Tennis liptnn Championships. Men's & Women's Quarterfinal. 507713 ESPNZESPNews FAM The 700 Club HIST High Points in History (TVGI LIFE Debt (TVGI NICK Rupert 927881 SCI-H Mysteries, Magic & Miracles TBS Movie "The Burning Hills" (1956) (2 hr.) 1565249 (10:05) TLCHomeworks (TVGI TNN Wildhorse Saloon TNT Thunder in Paradise (TVPGI WGN News 10:30 a.m. ED KTTV The Newlywed Game S3 KWHY Business News; Health News (10:501 24 KVCR Creative Living Kl KMEX Dr. Candido Perez EE KTBN Casey Treat 03 KDOC Southland Today 03 KLCS Special Theme Programs CMAX Movie "For the Moment" (19941 (2 hr. 373220 OISN Pooh Corner ESPN2ESPNews LIFE Our Home (TVG) NICK Muppet Babies SCI-H Monsters SHOW Movie W "Educating Rita" (19831(1 hr. 50 min.) 742336 TLC Lynette Jennings Home (TVG) 11:00 a.m. B KCBS The Young and the Restless (TV14144220 fl KNBC News B KTLA News U KABC 1 3 1 KEYT The City (TVPG) 64133 ED KTTV I Love Lucy EB KCOP Jenny Jones Hollywood gossip. 50626 B9 KWHY Business News; California Stocks(11:20 '241 KVCR Quilting From the Heartland BO KCET Storytime (Repeat) 19249 ED KMEX Dos Muieres, un Camino 422607 1361 KMIR Sunset Beach (TV141 848242 EE KTBN James Robison !42i KESQ Jeopardy! EH KVEA Guadalupe 247442 HBKDOCGunsmoke 09 KRCA Know Your Favorite Artists A&EMcCloud BET Planet Groove CNBC Money Wheel COM Saturday Night Live DSC Lynette Jennings Housesmart (TVG) DISN Gummi Bears ESPN2NBA ZNight HIST Air Combat (TVGI LIFE The Main Ingredient (TVG) MTV Singled Out (TVPG) NICK AHegra's Window 13631 7 SCI-H Amazing Stories TLC Oream Living (TVG) TNN VideoPM TNT How the West Was Won (TVG) USA Movie "Sixteen Candles" (1984) (2 hr.) 597572 WGN Streets of San Francisco 11:30 a.m. l3IKEYTNews El KNBC EXTRA 9220 H KTLA Charles in Charge II KABC News ED KTTV I Love Lucy DO KSCI Taiwan News S3 KWHY Business News i24! KVCR The Cartoon Factory BO KCET Shining Time Station 10978 EE KTBN Benny Hinn I42I KESQ The City (TVPGI 27268 AMC Movie "Canyon Passage" (1946) 3552733 BRVO South Bank Show DISN Care Bears ESPN2 NBA Finals Films FAM FIT TV HBO Sinbad: Son of a Preacher Man 760305 LIFE Handmade by Design (TVG) MTV Music Videos (TVPG) NICK GullahGullah Island 137046 SCI-H Ray Bradbury Theater TLC Great Country Inns (TVG) AFTERNOON Noon BKCBS News U KNBC 36 KMIR Another World (TV14) 97012 B KTLA Hunter U KABC 3 KEYT 42; KESQ All My Children (TVPG) 50404 BKCAL News ED KTTV Andy Griffith DO KCOP Montel Williams (TVPG) Survival stories. 82684 DO KSCI Mandarin Drama B3 KWHY Business News, High-Tech Report (12:20) 24 KVCR Cooking With Ursula B0 KCET The Puzle Place (RepearJ41423 EE KTBN Jack Van Impe 03 KDOC Perry Mason LIS KRCA Daily Taiwan News !63iKADYSally Jessy Raphael (TV1424442 CNBC Street Signs CNN TalkFJack Live311171 COM Kids in the Hall DSC Start to Finish (TVG) DISN My Little Pony Tales E! Talk Soup 545539 ESPN2 Billiards FAM Rescue 911 FSW Sports Skiing U S Extreme Championships. 59930 HIST The Real West (TVG) LIFE Martha Stewart Living (TVG) Easter lamb cake; ham dinner; table decorations. 216152 NICK Little Bear 157602 SCI-H Incredible Hulk TBS Jonny Quest ITVY7) 4567084 (1 2:05) TLC A Wedding Story (TVG) TMC Movie "Slaves of New York" (1989) (2 hr. 5 min.) 74268862 (12:25) TNN America's Country Hits TNT Wild, Wild West WGN Beauty and the Beast (TVPG) 12:30 p.m. B KCBS The Bold and the Beautiful (TV14) 39997 ED KTTV Andy Griffith S3 KWHY Business News; Show Biz Report (12:50) 24: KVCR Oceanus: Marine Environment BO KCET Mister Rogers 78065 E3 KMEX Bain un Mismo Rostra 524404 EEKTBNDino ffl KVEA Movie "Hoy He Sohado con Oios" (1972) 995442 GB KRCA Information Station BRVO Movie "Shadow of China" (1990)11 hr. 35 min.) 2445713 CMAX Movie "High Spirits" (1988) (1 hr. 38 mm.) 3225084 COMTraceyUllman DSC Interior Motives (TVG) DISN The Little Mermaid E! Coming Attractions HBO Movie "French Kiss" (1995) (1 hr. 51 min.) 572539 LIFE Our Home (TVGI NICK Blue's Clues SHOW Movie "Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies" (19731 4433355 TBS FlintstoneslTVYI (12:35) TLC A Wedding Story (TVG) 1 :00 p.m. B KCBS As the World Turns (TV14) 27152 O KNBC 36 KMIR Days of Our Lives (TV14) 12220 B KTLA Sally Jessy Raphael Objectionable attire. 74084 D KABC 1 3 1 KEYT 42 KESQ One Life to Live (TVPG) 69152 BKCAL Maury Povich 82442 ED KTTV Beverly Hillbillies DO KCOP Ricki lake 17152 S3 KWHY NewsClosing Bell Report I24! KVCR Oceanus: Marine Environment B0 KCET Reading Rainbow 18268 EE KTBN John Hagee 00 KDOC Barnaby Jones ffl KRCA The Capital's Young Four S3 KADY Jerry Springer (TV14) 82602 AMC Movie "The Wrong Man"(1956) 37903779 (1:15) A&ELovejoy(TVG) BET Rap City CNBC Market Wrap CNN Inside Politics 282220 COM The Daily Show 2809572 DSC Home Matters (TVGI 757959 DISN DuckTales E! Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous ESPN Racehorse Digest ESPN2 Sports Drag Racing NHRA Slick 50 Nationals. 9484220 FAM Home and Family 102510 FSW Banff Springs Celebrity Sports Invitational HIST I, Claudius LIFE Designing Women (TVPG) NICK Richard Scarry 631 572 SCI-FI Bionic Woman TBSFIintstones(TVY)(1:05) TIC Gardening Naturally (TVG) TNN Dallas TNT Movie "The Silent Stranger" (1975) (2 hr.) 188268 USA USA Live 284688 WGN Beverly Hills, 90210 (TVPG) 1:30 p.m. ED KTTV Beverly Hillbillies DO KSCI Tea Time ES KWHY Market Wrap-Up; Chart Watch (1:45) 24 KVCR Something Ventured: Small Business Management BO KCET The Magic School Bus 77336 EE KTBN Marilyn Hickey 03 KOCE Dudley the Dragon 3701 52 CNNEarlyPrime COM Dr Katz: Professional Therapist DISN Charlie Brown and Snoopy ESPN America's Horse LIFE Nurses (TVPG) NICK Papa Beaver's Storytime 75931 7 TBS Brady Bunch (1:35) TLCHometime(TVG) USA USA Live 957930 2:00 p.m. B KCBS Gordon Elliott (TVG) 19046 U KNBC Sunset Beach (TV1 4) 37442 B KTLA Blossom UKABCI 3 1 KEYT 4? KESQ General Hospital (TVPG) 55862 BKCAL News ED KTTV Bobby's World (TVY) 5220 DO KCOP Jenny Jones (TV14) 16794 DO KSCI Panda TV Drama S3 KWHY You're on the Line 42978 124 KVCR Small Business Management BO KCET Faces of Culture EE) KMEX Pecado de Amor 76404 36 KMIR Ricki Lake (TVPG) 371688 EE KTBN Praise the Lord 0D KOCE Big Comfy Couch 751978 ffl KVEA La Hora Lunatica 34794 00 KDOC Cannon ffl KRCA The Capital's Young Four A&E Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer BRVO South Bank Show (2:05) CMAX Movie "The Slugger's Wife" (1985) 58325591 (2:15) COM Soap DSC Lynette Jennings Housesmart (TVG) DISN Winnie the Pooh E! The Gossip Show 579336 ESPN Inside the Senior PGA Tour FSW Sports Women's Gymnastics Pac-10 Championships. 34046 LIFE Movie "The Room Upstairs" (19871 12 hr.) 584065 MTV M2 on MTV (TVPG) NICK Looney Tunes SCI-H Six Million Dollar Man SHOW Movie "Gremlins" (1 984) (1 hr 46 min.) 71459881 (2:15) TBS California Dreams (TVG) 1426133(2:05) TLC Homebodies (TVG) TNN Wildhorse Saloon WGN Family Matters (TVG) 2:30 p.m. B KTLA Dinosaurs ED KTTV Peter Pan & the Pirates (TVY) 4828 24 KVCR Sesame Street 610220 BO KCET America in Perspective: U.S. History Since 1877 03 KOCE The Reppies 473688 CNN Showbiz Today 806666 COM Whose Line Is It Anyway? DISN Donald's Quack Attack Please see TV LOG, F15 RADIO TVS rot TODAY I-II uu-Taft il to Clti: "Kids and Sports" (9-10 a.m.), "Allergies" (10-10:30 a.m.), KPCC-FM (89.3). 1011 pj.-Mviitms li (Mi Mule: "Music at Indiana University," impressions of a visit to the music school, KKG0-FM (105.1). SRAMA-COMEOYFAM(LY 10-10:30 ul, 19-10:50 lA-ttwrtlM Theater: "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," read by Jeremy Irons, KPIS (830). 4-Spm-tatKMs.KPLS(830). I US ml, IMQ uu-Tat UvHtwH if Pkilii Mar- km, KMX (1070). 1:30-19 l.i, 2:30-3 l.i.-TM Lmi liifir, with Brace Beemw and John Todd, KNX (1070). MUSIC: CLASSICAL 1039-11:45 UL-Tkt Cuctrt Masttrpieci, KKG0-FM (105.1). II i.a-1 i.a-PrfimtaCi Today, KUSC-FM (91.5). Ml IJL-Tk Mi Ism, KCSN-FM (88.5). 1-10 M.-F.'tiuf Cuctrt: Handel ("Water Music: Suite in F," English Baroque Soloists); Schubert (1st Symphony, Dresden State Orchestra). KKG0-FM (105.1). MUSIC: P0P-C0UNTRT-F0UI JJIZ2 ROCK RU - I i.a.-NM-Minili Immm Edtttlc, jazz, classical, folk, KCRW-FM (89.9). New-1 pjl-M SckMl Lmci New, urban oldies, KK8T FM (92.3). NeM-t fM.-H leqimt Incktine In, oldies, KRLA (1110). Notw-2 p.M.-CwfbbeM Rhylhmt. KPFK-FM (90.7). 1-IOp.t-Metrapolll, KCRW-FM (89.9). 1-10 p.H.-PMdra't Mule Box. KPFK-FM (90.7). 10pJi.-iildaikMrmNiwWirM, KCRW-FM (89.9). Mldiigkt-3 i..-Sirtwm, KCRW-FM (89.9). Mldiigkt-12:30 i.i.-Misic Frw Tmt 0m lack yard, KROQ-FM (106.7). SPORTS Sports leperts 15 and 45 minutes past the hour, KFWB (980), KNX (1070). S I IJl-TlM ll Stow, KIIS (1150). I a.E-1 ML-faMm Spirts lain, KIIS (1150). 9:30 ijl-12:30 p.i.-lBtil: Exhibition, Dodgers vs. Florida Marlins, KABC (790), KWKW (1330). 7-1 p.a-Spwts TaA, KABC (790). 7-10 pjL-Pn Hickey: Mighty Ducks at Vancouver Canucks, KEZY-FM (95.9). 7 JO-II pa-Pn listitlul: Milwaukee Bucks at lakers, KLAC (570). 1-10 pjL-Ftrral n tie Iticl, KLSX-FM (97.1). I p.i.-liiltiilrt-Srtl Elds, KIIS (1150). TALK, MTfRVIEW 4:30-1 UL-Fmt Pan, KJIH-FM (102.3). 5-1 UL-Mliyiri art TilbM, KABC (790). Hia-ia Haadd. KFI (640). 51 iJL-lMi hi to MoNlut, KLAC (570). 51 lA-Tracq I lobii, KT2N (710). i 10 lA-Mark aid Irlai, KL0S-FM (95.5). -10 iJH.-Howjri Stem. KLSX-FM (97.1). I UL-NM-lith Unbaigk. KFI (640). I ajL-MW MarHyii (aja (repeated, 9 p.m.-mid- night), KTZN (710). II M.-2 p.i.-Larry nd Eric, KLSX-FM (97.1). II ut-1 p.i.-Talk il tki Nation, KPCC-FM (89.3). Nmi-2 pjB.-Or. Lava Scklitsiiir, KFI (640). NtM-2 pm-btrii Pituo'i Taltback, KIEV (870). Kim-3 pm YilMda Casklis, KTZN (710). 1- 2, 7-1 pm-Frk Air, KPCC-FM (89.3). 1:30-3 pjn-Omls Prater, KABC (790). 2- 5 pjL-kfl Inlets uA Lisa Click, KLSX-FM (97.1). 3- 7 pjL Lartr Eldor, KABC (790). 3-7lJi.-liwaMf Kei, KFI (640). 3- 7 p-JN Cramer, KTZN (710). 3:30-5:30 pjL lay Irian, KIEV (870). 4- SuL-JtrrylrMi, KPFK-FM (90.7). 4- 1 pJL-Uvi FrM UL, KKLA-FM (99.5). 5- 7 pju-larry Katie's Alrttk, KPCC-FM (89.3). 51 pjL-tiU lacktoM, KLSX-FM (97.1). 7-1 pjL-eitiraTa,KCLU FM (88.3). 7-lpjL-WatMlesiick, KFI (640). 71 pjL Im Mclityni, KTZN (710). IpA-cMilikt-Mr.ltAIC, KABC (790). I pjB.-Mkfaight PUI Heidrii. KFI (640). 10-11 pjL-Arts ki levfew, KPFK-FM (90.7). 10-11 PJI.-PI lyM'l Hcrlywtod, KYPA (1230). 10 pj.-ilkt-Carte Oscar, KLSX-FM (97.1). Up.E-iMikt-loellM, KROQ-FM (106.7). Mifhlgkt-5 ajL-Art lei, KABC (790). MMfjM-S UL-Hy Irnm, KTZN (710). Prime-TJme TV Ranking jp 'Seinfeld' and Friends Help NBC Skate to Win Despite competition from figure skating and basketball, NBC's Thursday lineup remained the prime-time champ, based on figures issued Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Seinfeld" and company put NBC on top last week, with ABC edging CBS as the networks finished closely bunched together, while ratings for all of them dropped compared to the corresponding week last year. Sports played a role in how the networks finished, as ABC's "World Figure Skating Championships" attracted more viewers than NCAA basketball tournament coverage did. CBS' "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" also sank to third in the Sunday movie race not necessarily good news for ABC, which will air its own four-hour version of that story in May. New series have generally fared poorly this spring. "Lawless," starring Brian Bosworth, was the latest to bite the dust, with Fox canceling the program after just one low-rated telecast. On the flip side, NBC's "Just Shoot Me," starring Laura San Giacomo, has shown promise, consistently drawing a larger audience than "Wings" in the preceding half-hour; by contrast, time-period rival "Arsenio" was watched by 28 fewer people than its lead-in, "The Drew Carey Show." -BRIAN LOWRY National Nielsen Viewership Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (March 17-23) as compiled by Nielsen Media Research. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates that there are 251 million potential U.S. viewers age 2 and older. Viewership is listed here In millions. Nt- Vtw- Program word ra 1. Seinfeld NBC 26.77 2. Suddenly Susan NBC 22.80 3. Friends NBC 22.61 4. Touched by an Angel CBS 20.38 5. 60 Minutes CBS 20.12 6. The Naked Truth NBC 19.88 7. Home Improvement ABC 19.56 8. The X-Files FOX 18.36 9. Law & Order NBC 18.08 10. 2020 ABC 17.86 It. MneTlmeUvi ABC 17.28 12. Tlw Drew Carey Show ' ABC 16.81 13. SpkiClty ABC 16.48 14. FnsKr NBC 16.36 15. "Mil Money" NBC 16.28 16. KHgoTIMHi FOX 15.89 17. 3rd Rock From the Sun NBC 15.76 18. SaMna, the Teenage Witch ABC 15.26 19. Dateline: NBC (Sun.) NBC 15.20 20. "Out o) Nowhere" ABC 15.13 21. Mad About You NBC 14.81 22. Chicago Hope CBS 14.73 23. Datene:NBC(Tue.) NBC 14.52 24. Step by Step ABC 14.33 25. Cybi CBS 14.20 26. Promised Land CBS 14.14 27. "20,000 Leaguejtlnder Sea" CBS 14.04 28. Cosby CBS 13.96 29. Everybody Lowes Raymond CBS 13.75 30. "Figure Skating Champ." (Sat.) ABC 12.60 31. Dateline: NBC (Fit.) NBC 13.57 32. "Childhood Sweetheart" CBS 13.54 33. Ellen ABC 13.53 34. Something So Right NBC 13.32 35. Waker, Texas Ranger CBS 13.28 36. Caroline ki the City NBC 13.25 37. The Simpsons FOX 12.94 38. Roseanne ABC 12.90 39. Boy Meets World ABC 12.68 40. Unsolved Mysteries NBC 12.67 41. Boston Common NBC 12.56 42. Armnca'sAldeos (7:30 p.m.) ABC 12.27 43. ArserHo ABC 12.15 44. The Practice ABC 12.04 45. Ink CBS 11.96 46. BeveKyHHs,90210 FOX 11.94 47. The JeflFoiworthy Show NBC 11.90 48. PatyofFlve FOX 11.84 49. Melrose Place FOX 11.72 50. "UesHeToM" ABC 11.60 Just Shoot Me NBC 11.60 Pro gram work an 52. Famly Matters ABC 11.58 53. Coach ABC 11.56 54. "Figure Skating" (Wed.) ABC 11.50 55. The Nanny CBS 11.43 56. Pretender NBC 11.10 57. "Bom Into Exile" NBC 10.91 58. "NCAA Basketball" (Sat.) CBS 10.43 59. Early Edition CBS 10.38 60. Miennluiri FOX 10.22 61. r.r,Meddne Woman CSS 10.21 62. America's Mot) Wanted FOX 9.99 63. NewsRadk) NBC 9.76 64. Profs NBC 9.67 65. Grace Under Fire ABC 9.61 66. Temporal Yours CBS 9.59 67. 8atonCorrsrnn(Mon.) NBC 9.58 68. Chicago Sons NBC 9.48 69. Wings NBC 9.46 70. America's Fun. Home Vkleos ABC 9.44 71. Copt FOX 9.41 72. LMng Single FOX 9.24 73. Crisis Center NBC 8.89 74. Feds CBS 8.86 75. "NCAABssketljal"(Frl.) CBS 8.74 76. Pretender (Wed.) NBC 8.69 77. Martin FOX 8.57 78. Spy Game ABC 8.50 "NCAA Basketbar' (Wed.) CBS 8.50 80. New York Undercover FOX 8.22 81. "Most Awesome ActsEarth" FOX 8.09 82. "Kalitomla" FOX 7.85 83. Married. . .With Children FOX 7.77 84. Sliders FOX 7.55 85. "Things That Go Bump" NBC 7.03 86. Psuly FOX 6.87 87. EZ Streets . CBS 6.78 88. Star Trek: Voyager UPN 6.17 89. Lawless FOX 5.77 90. Irjls Ji ClarkSuperman ABC 5.71 91. In the House (8:30 p.m.) UPN 5.70 92. The Jamie Fox Show WB 5.24 93. The Wayans Bros. WB 5.03 94. Sentinel UPN 4.98 95. Moesha(Mon.,9p.m.) UPN 4.97 96. Moesha UPN 4.95 97. In the House UPN 4.94 98. Sister, Sister (8:30 p.m.) WB 4.89 99. Moesha (Mon., 9:30 p.m.) UPN 4.88 .100. Social Studies UPN 4.78 101. Butty the Vampire Slayer WB 4.63 102. Sister, Sister WB 4.28 103. Unnappty Ever Alter WB 3.84 104. The Steve Harvey Show WB 3.63 105. 7th Heaven WB 3.14 106. life With Roger WB 3.06 107. The Burning Zone UPN 3.00 Program Vkm- 108. The Parent 'Hood 109. Brotherly Love 110. NIckFrano: Licensed Teacher WB 2.75 WB 2.61 WB 2.23 Network Averages Here Is the number of viewers that each network averaged per hour of prime time, for last week and for the season. Last Week NBC 13.35 million ABC 12.93 CBS 12.58 FOX 9.98 UPN 4.88 WB 3.79 Season to Date NBC 15.43 million CBS 13.86 ABC 13.74 FOX 12.05 UPN 4.54 WB 3.68 Southland Viewing Here are Nielsen's Top 10 prime-time programs In the Los Angeles area during the same week. The rankings are based on the number of households watching. lt Howe- PraMi ttod koMt 1. SemWd KNBC 924,236 2. The X-Files KTTV 874312 3. Friends KNBC 800,875 4. Hrmlmprjvernenl KABC 780,906 5. NCMBasketbal',(Thu.) KCBS 731,481 6. Suddenly Susan KNBC 721,596 7. 60 Minutes KCBS 701326 & Spmaty KABC 696384 9. Law Order KNBC 691,942 Satmna, the Teenage Witch KABC 691,942 King 0( the tki KTTV 691,942 FLATLEY: Dancer Enjoying a Bit of Revenge Continued from Fl , Flatley). Merle Frimark, a spokesperson for "Riverdance," says: "It is the policy of the producers not to comment on these issues." But Flatley is not as reticent. "Certainly, absolutely, there can be no question as to who created the original 'Riverdance,'" Flatley said coolly, sitting in a posh mid-town Manhattan suite the day after the St. Pat's performance. "My signature's all over it, and I think that's immediately apparent with the new show." In fact, the press has eagerly labeled "Lord of the Dance," which opened June 28 in Dublin, as Flatley 's revenge. If so, it has its sweet side. In "Riverdance," Flatley had to share the spotlight. In "Lord," he is the oiled, bare-chested, name-above-the-title hero, leading a corps of 40 in a lightly plotted good-versus-evil battle of dueling dancers. Some critics have dismissed the show as cheesy and superficial, but it has proved to be a revenue bonanza, grossing $100 million so far on its international tour. Flatley can afford to dismiss any idea of the show as payback, airily pointing out that while "Riverdance" is playing theaters, he has sold out arenas as large as 10,000-seat Wembley Stadium in London. "I have no hard feelings," he said with a sly smile. "I'm on to different things." Dressed in trademark bolero-style jacket, black jeans and boots, the blond, blue-eyed dancer is a curious blend of elfin charm and braggadocio, somewhat muted from his having celebrated the night before into the wee hours. Flatley clearly sees himself as the benevolent liberator of Irish dance: "All I know is that one day I went to Ireland and everyone was dancing like this" he holds his arms rigidly at his sides "and the next day we were headlines all over the world. I must have done something right." His opportunity came when "Riverdance" producer Moya Doh-erty, who had seen the dancer with the Chieftains, invited Flatley to Dublin in 1993 to perform in honor of Irish President Mary Robinson. The tumultuous reception for Fla-tley's loose American-style dancing led to his partnering another Irish American dance champion, Jean Butler, in a Eurovision dance contest, which in turn planted the seed for "Riverdance" (in which Butler co-starred) and then "Lord of the Dance." All of this has earned Flatley admirers, who see him as a purveyor of Irish pride, and enemies, who see him as an out-of-control egomaniac. "I did it my way, which may be more flamboyant than the British t press cared for, but it's typically American," he said of his male-diva stage presence. "This is the country of Muhammad Ali, Hector Camacho, Sugar Ray Leonard and Michael Jordan. Audiences pay a lot of money, and they want to see somebody out there walking the line, walking the edge." The boxing images are apt, not only because of Flatley's scrappy reputation as temperamental and hot-headed (he's gone through a handful of lawyers, managers and publicists and is enmeshed in a lawsuit over fees with John Reid, Elton John's manager, who served briefly as his producer on "Lord"), but also because he first learned to fight with his fists, not his feet. Flatley grew up in a blue-collar polyglot Chicago neighborhood, the second of five children born to a handyman and his wife who inculcated in their family a reverence and respect for Irish customs and culture, including competitive dancing. At first, Flatley wanted none of it. "They used to call me 'Mick' at school, so I was in fistfights every day," he recalled. "I didn't want to know about Irish dance." At age 11, at his parents insistence, Flatley enrolled in dance classes and quickly excelled. He soon holed up in the family garage to practice the traditional moves a ramrod straight body above intricately stepping and tapping feet Winning was the goal, and by the time he reached 17, he was the first American All-World Champion in Irish dancing. The jazzed-up version of step-dancing he delivers today, he says, is still echt-lrish. "When the music starts, and I can hear the dancers moving like a powerful locomotive, my heart starts beating and I feel something passionate and ancient and deep being uncovered in me," he said. "Frank McCourt author of "Angela's Ashes") told me of a story in which a father, saying goodbye to his son and not finding the words, asks for them to dance together. TV Movie 'Truth' to Star Jane Seymour Jane Seymour will get a chance to get out of her "Dr. Quinn" garb and into contemporary clothes when she stars in "The Absolute Truth," a TV movie scheduled to air April 16 on CBS. In the film, Seymour plays a television news producer who has a chance to break a story about sexual harassment allegations against a presidential candidate if she is willing to betray a friend. The Irish dance to reveal something that can't be expressed in words, all the pain and joy and passion." After "Lord of the Dance" finishes its 15 -city tour in early 1998, Flatley will turn to other projects. He said his agent, Jeff Berg of ICM, is working on a film deal for him, and he has already completed a screenplay with a British writer whom he refuses to name. He says only that it is "a love story which will involve dance." An admitted control freak, he says he has no free time. He spends his rare leisure moments in flotation tanks focusing on his goals. "I wake up in the morning and I have a big sign on my forehead that says, 'What's next?,' and I go to bed at night and the ceiling says, 'What's next?'" he said, finishing off his third diet Coke. "The world is full of competition and I've never wanted to be second. Ever. That's just the way I am." a" Lord of the Dance," today-Friday, 8.15 p.m.; Saturday, 115 and 8.15 p.m.; Sunday, 7.15 p.m. Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza. $35-$75. (213) 252-8497. RATINGS Continued from F4 Most of this year's nominees were independent films, including best picture winner "The English Patient," "Shine," "Secrets & Lies" and "Fargo." Only one major studio release, "Jerry Maguire," was recognized in that category, having grossed more at the box office than the four competing films combined. The fact that several of the movies up for an Oscar are considered art-house films was reflected in higher ratings for the show in the 36 major cities measured by Nielsen. Viewing in those areas, which tend to be more hospitable to such fare, was about 20 higher than the national average. In Los Angeles, the Oscar broadcast was seen in more than 2.2 million households, or nearly 46 of all homes with television. That percentage was higher than in any other big city, with New York and Chicago weighing in at 39.5 and just under 41, respectively. ABC charged a record sum for advertising time in this year's telecast, with each 30-second commercial costing more than $800,000. That compares with a reported $1.2 million during the Super Bowl, annually the year's most-watched television event "Any show that can bring in 73 million viewers we're quite pleased with," an ABC spokeswoman said.

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