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Nielsens: Fox Network Hits a Homer

July 16, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Neither team won baseball’s All-Star Game, but the Fox network came out a winner.

Its coverage of the 7-7 tie gave Fox last week’s top-rated show, while the pre-game telecast ranked No. 4, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Otherwise, the week’s most-watched shows were repeats, newsmagazines and reality fare.

For the week, CBS was first with 7.7 million prime-time viewers (5.4 rating, 10 share), while NBC averaged 7.6 million (5.2 rating, 10 share) and Fox had 7.2 million (4.7 rating, 9 share). In a fourth place, ABC had 6.2 million viewers (4.1 rating, 8 share), UPN 2.6 million (1.7 rating, 3 share), the WB 2.3 million (1.5 rating, 3 share) and Pax TV 0.97 million (0.7 rating, 1 share).

The ``NBC Nightly News″ won the evening news ratings race with 8.9 million viewers (6.4 rating, 14 share). ABC’s ``World News Tonight″ had 8.3 million (5.9 rating, 13 share) and the ``CBS Evening News″ had 7.4 million (5.4 million, 12 share).

A ratings point represents 1,055,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 105.5 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

For the week of July 8-14, the top 10 shows, their networks and ratings: ``Major League Baseball All-Star Game,″ Fox, 9.5; ``CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,″ CBS, 8.8, ``Everybody Loves Raymond,″ CBS, 8.1; ``Major League Baseball All-Star Preview,″ Fox, 8.0; ``Law & Order,″ NBC, 7.9; ``60 Minutes,″ CBS, 7.4; ``Becker,″ CBS, 7.2; tie: ``48 Hours _ Monday,″ CBS, and Movie: ``The Horse Whisperer,″ ABC, both 7.1; tie: Movie: ``Holy Joe,″ CBS, ``Dateline NBC-Tuesday,″ NBC, and ``Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,″ NBC, all 6.2.

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