Daily News from New York, New York on May 20, 1998 · 79
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tennCsYm JemyJmris' star tnKI&6edtfFoMh'Ch5, 8 p.m. t 3 Si r t No. 1 M lC still slips By RICHARD HUFF Daily News Staff Writer EVEN the highest-rated episode of a series in five years wasn't enough to prevent NBC from finishing the '97-98 TV year with its lowest seasonal average ever. Still, the Peacock went out on top, finishing first for the season, and romping last week, the final full outing of the season. Boosted by the final "Seinfeld" (it drew 76.3 million people) and the season-ending episode of "ER" last Thursday, NBC averaged a 12.1 rating (percentage of the 98 million U.S. TV households) and 21 share (percentage of sets in use), with an average audience of 18.7 million viewers. CBS averaged a 9.216, and 13.2 million; ABC averaged a 7.112, with 10.3 million; and Fox a 6.812, with 9.9 million. However, despite "Seinfeld" and having the Super Bowl and the World Series earlier this season, NBC will conclude this season with ratings down 3 from a year ago and an average audience off 1 from last season. NBC is not the only network going southward. As previously reported, ABC will end its year with the lowest ratings ever for one of the Big Three networks. And Fox is off, too. Only CBS, flat year-to-year, didn't go backward. For the season, which ends Wednesday, NBC is averaging a 10.2 rating and 17 share, and 14.9 million viewers. CBS is averaging a 9.6 rating16 share, with 14.1 million viewers; ABC an 8.414, with 12.3 million (down 9), and Fox a 7.112, with 10.6 million (down 8). "Seinfeld" leaves as the No. 1 show, averaging 341 million viewers, followed by "ER," which averaged 30.2 million. "Seinfeld" is one of only three shows to leave the airwaves in the No. 1 spot, the other two being "I Love Lucy" and "The Andy Griffith Show." In the rankings below, for the week of May 11-17, the program is followed by its network and then the number of viewers it attracted, in millions. Repeated rankings indicate a tie. l-f'Seinfeld" (NBC) 76.26 2. "Seinfeld" (Clips special) (NBC) 58.53 3. "ER (NBC) 47.78 4. "Touched by an Angel" (CBS) 20.47 5. "The X-Files" (Fox) 18.76 6. "Dateline" (Tues.) (NBC) 17.21 7. "60 Minutes" (CBS) 16.83 8. "The Nanny" (CBS) 16.73 9. Movie: "Creature" (Ft 1) (ABC) 16.29 10. "King of the Hill" (Fox) 16.03 51."Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (CBS) 10.15 53. "Promised Land" (CBS) 10.14 54. "Sabrina: Teenage Witch" (8 p.m.) (ABC) 10.01 55. "America's Funniest Home Vids." (ABC) 9.99 56. "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC) 9.95 57. "Ellen" (ABC) 9.91 58. "Soul Man" (ABC) 9.38 59. "7th Heaven" (WB) 9.33 60. "Home Improvement" (ABC) 9.06 61. "Nash Bridges" (9 p.m.) (CBS) 9.02 11. Movie: "Witness to the Mob" (Pt 2) (NBC) 15.8362. "Something So Right" (ABC) 8.96 12. "Frasier" (NBC) 15.61 13. "Busted on the Job 2" (Fox) 15.31 14. "NYPD Blue" (ABC) 14.75 15. "PrimeTime Live" (ABC) 14.72 16. "Just Shoot Me" (NBC) 14.29 17. "The Simpsons" (Fox) 14.12 18. "Ally McBeal" (Fox) 14.07 19. "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS) 13.57 20. "JAG" (CBS) 13.37 21. "3rd Rock From the Sun" (NBC) 13.31 22. "Law and Order" (NBC) 13.28 22. "The Practice" (ABC) 13.28 24. "Daytime Emmy Awards" (NBC) 13.09 63. "NewsRadio" (NBC) 8.63 64. "Unmasked!" (NBC) 8.53 65. "Saturday Night LiveChris Farley" (NBC) 7.88 66. "Dawson's Creek" (WB) 7.80 67. "Disney: Miracle at Midnight" (ABC) 7.72 68. "Dateline" (Fri.) (NBC) 7.61 69. "Cops 2" (Fox) 7.46 70. Movie: "First Knight" (ABC) 7.30 71. "TV-Censored Bloopers" (NBC) 7.15 72. "America's Most Wanted" (Fox) 7.11 73. "Millennium" (Fox) 7.01 74. "World's Funniest" (Fox) 6.88 75. "Cops" (Fox) 6.35 25. "True StoriesTouched by an Angel" (CBS) 12.9376. "When Animals Attack" (Fox) 6.18 26. "2020" (Mon.) (ABC) 12.78 27. "Sabrina: Teenage Witch" (ABC) 12.75 28. "Chicago Hope" (CBS) 12.68 29. "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS) 12.62 30. 'Tlbme Improvement" (ABC) 12.61 31. Movie: "Only Love" (PL 2) (CBS) 12.49 32. "World's Worst Drivers" (Fox) 12.41 33. "Miss Universe Pageant" (CBS) 12.26 34. "Diagnosis Murder" (CBS) 12.03 35. "Nash Bridges" (CBS) 11.99 36. "Dateline" (Mon.) (NBC) 11.95 37. "Boy Meets World" (ABC) 11.83 38. ' Jhe Pretender" (NBC) 11.80 39. -Cosby" (CBS) 11.66 40. "Party of Five" (Fox) 11.50 41. fJharma & Greg" (ABC) 11.41 42. 'ids Say the Darndest Things" (CBS) 11.13 77. "World's Wildest Police Videos" (Fox) 6.14 78. "Getting Personal" (Fox) 5.84 79. "Damon" (Fox) 5.81 80. "7th Heaven" (8 p.m.) (WB) 5.80 81. "The X-Files" (Fri.) (Fox) 5.66 82. "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN) 5.40 83. "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" (WB) 5.30 84. Movie: "Unforgiven" (ABC) 5.16 85. "The Steve Harvey Show" (WB) 5.10 86. The Wayans Bros." (WB) 4.83 87. "The Jamie Foxx Show" (WB) 3.97 88. "Sister, Sister" (WB) 3.88 89. "Sister, Sister" (Wed.) (WB) 3.86 90. "Love Boat: The Next Wave" (UPN) 3.44 91. "Unhappily Ever After" (WB) 3.41 92. "Unhappily Ever After" (9:30 p.m.) (WB) 3.30 93. "The Parent 'Hood" (WB) 3.28 94. "Contestants Tell All" (UPN) 3.18 43. "handid Camera" (CBS) 11.04 44. Movie: "BridgesMadison County" (NBC) 10.81 95. "Moesha" (UPN) 3.06 45. "Boy Meets World" (Fri.) (ABC) 10.74 96. "The Sentinel" (UPN) 3.02 45. "2020" (ABC) 10.74 97. "Smart Guy" (WB) 3.01 47. "Working" (NBC) 10.68 98. "Kelly, Kelly" (WB) 2.96 48. "Mad About You" (NBC) 10.48 99. "Clueless" (UPN) 2.76 49. "Early Edition" (CBS) 10.36 100. "Good News" (UPN) 2.38 50. "48 Hours" (CBS) 10.18 101. "Malcolm & Eddie" (UPN) 2.32 51. "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox) 10.15 MEMORIES FROM PAGE 77 At other times, though, the perspective is refreshingly unflinching, as when David Letterman notes that CBS founder William S. Paley vaulted his TV network to prominence by making big-mclney offers to lure stars (Jack Bennvf George Burns, Jackie Gleason) from tie competition. Befe the golden-anniversary special, CBS presents "Sonny & Me: Cher Remefibers" (at 8), with all the clips, compliments and personal asides its title implies. This is Cher putting the "Monday Night Football," at No. 5, was ABC's best-rated show. "Touched by an Angel," at No. 6, was CBS' best performer. "The X-Files" at No. 19 was Fox' top show. Meanwhile, in the evening-news race, NBC won the week and the season. Last week, NBC averaged a 7.2 rating17 share, and 9.25 million viewers. ABC averaged a 6.815, with 8.89 million viewers, and CBS averaged a 6.6 15, with 8.65 million viewers. For the season, NBC is averaging 8.517 and 11.3 million viewers. ABC is averaging an 8.016, 10.65 million viewers, and CBS a 7.916, with 10.7 million viewers. ? I l Jh BIG-TIME EXIT: Jason and Jerry best spin on her years with and memories of Sonny and why not? Bloopers from . the old "Sonny & Cher" show are fun, and the best moment is a lengthy clip from the impromptu "I Got You, Babe" reunion duet presented on "Late Night With David Letterman." Since there hasn't been a variety series in the Top 10 since "Sonny & Cher" a quarter-century ago, this tribute also serves as a salute to a TV genre that, like the amiable, off-key Bono, no longer is with us. 5ra Ave. 8! 69m Sr. BSOOKml: 1111111 Simw Double Breasted Suits p7 D) SUITS FOR ONLY (0 f Pj-jjf! I Reg. Prices SIZES 36 TO 46 100 WOOL & POLYWOOL SUITS FOR ONLY K SUNDAYS ( io-6lr 3 SHIRTS & 3 TIES FREE VALUE $75 Buy Am Two Designer Suits 81 Take Home sizes 36 to 60 sar L U I o m S w aim A-y.'.t. f I M f P. .'.'. --.

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