LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ''America's Most Wanted'' has scored a first: the television series helped lead to the arrest of three fugitives in one day, Fox Broadcasting Co. said Thursday.

Wednesday's arrests were in separate cities and cases, according to Fox, which said the series has resulted in 269 arrests in its seven seasons.

Edward James, sought in a double murder and rape case in Casselberry, Fla., that was profiled on the show Tuesday, was arrested in Bakersfield, Calif., after police received a tip that he was in line at the employment office, Fox said.

John Gilbert Goodloe, wanted in connection with an auto theft ring, was arrested in Bremerton, Wash., Fox said. He was profiled on the series Sept. 21 and was recognized by a neighbor.

Donald Waterhouse, charged with killing his mother and her husband in Dyre County, Tenn., was arrested in Ponca City, Okla., Fox said.

An anonymous viewer, who saw Waterhouse profiled on Sept. 7, phoned the city's crime prevention line and said Waterhouse would be arriving in Ponca City by bus.