ABC Wins the Ratings Week With AM-Nielsens-List
NEW YORK (AP) _ ABC landed five of its shows in the Top 10 and 10 in the Top 20 to win last week’s prime-time ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research data released Wednesday.
ABC won the week of March 14-20 with an average rating of 12.9 and a 21 audience share. ABC’s nightly victories were Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
CBS claimed second with an 11.4 rating, 19 share.
Third was NBC. Despite landing ″Seinfeld″ at No. 2 and ″Frasier″ in fourth place, NBC averaged a 10.7 rating, 18 share.
The Fox Broadcasting Co., which programs only 15 of the 22 prime-time hours, averaged a 7.3 rating, 12 share for the week.
One ratings point equals 942,000 homes among the nation’s 94.2 million TV households. Share is the percentage of sets tuned in during a specified time period.
ABC won the evening news ratings, averaging a 10.9 rating, 21 share; ″CBS Evening News″ and ″NBC Nightly News″ tied for second place with a 9.2 rating, 18 share, though CBS did not count its Thursday and Friday ratings due to low coverage from NCAA basketball games.
Here are the Top 10 shows, their network and ratings:
″Home Improvement,″ ABC, 22.9; ″Seinfeld,″ NBC, 20.9; ″60 Minutes,″ CBS, 20.5; ″Frasier,″ NBC, 20.3; ″Grace Under Fire,″ ABC, 19.1; ″Turning Point,″ ABC, 17.2; ″Roseanne,″ ABC, and ″Murphy Brown, CBS, 16.8 (tied); ″Home Improvement″ (special), ABC, 16.2; CBS Sunday Movie: ″Ultimate Betrayal,″ CBS, 15.6.