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With the failures of such new series as Faye Dunaway’s It Had to Be You and Valerie Bertinelli’s Cafe Americain, the supposedly surefire formula of putting familiar faces in sitcoms seemed to be misfiring. But Fox introduced two new comedies starring old TV pros-George Carlin and Henry Winkler-and while neither is an out-of-the-box smash, both are showing surprising signs of life. Carlin’s eponymous show debuted in 32nd place on Sunday, improving on the performance of its predecessor, the Don Rickles dud Daddy Dearest. And while Winkler’s Monty premiered in 77th, it still qualified as Fox’s highest- + rated Tuesday series ever. The news isn’t as good for Homicide: Life on the Street. After a top 15 finish for its season premiere last week, Barry Levinson’s critically adored police drama slid to 38th. Last Viewers* Top 20 Week

1 40.9 Home Improvement ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 1 2 33.4 Seinfeld (R) NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 2 3 32.7 Seinfeld (R) NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. - 4 31.8 60 minutes CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 8 5 31.6 Roseanne ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 3 6 31.5 Grace Under Fire ABC, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. 5 7 29.0 Coach ABC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 4 8 27.4 Murder, She Wrote CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 9 9 24.9 Step By Step ABC, Friday, 9 p.m. 14 10 24.4 Family Matters ABC, Friday, 8 p.m. 12 11 24.1 Dr. Quinn, medicine woman CBS, Saturday, 8 p.m. 29 12 24.0 Murphy Brown CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 13 13 23.9 Boy Meets World ABC, Friday, 8:30 p.m. 18 14 23.4 The Fresh Prince of bel-air NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 24 23.4 Mad About You (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. - 16 22.6 Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper (R) ABC, Friday,9:30 p.m.21 22.6 20/20 ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. 16 18 22.1 Primetime live ABC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 51 22.1 Blossom NBC, Monday, 8:30 p.m. - 20 21.3 Movie: In The Best Of Families, Part One CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. -

Bottom 10

86 8.7 Getting By NBC, Saturday, 8:30 p.m. 83 87 8.6 The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. Fox, Friday, 8 p.m. 87 88 8.3 Cafe Americain NBC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 82 8.3 Herman’s Head Fox, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 88 90 7.9 America’s Most Wanted Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 91 7.9 The X-Files (R) Fox, Friday, 9 p.m. 78 92 7.3 Roc Fox, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. - 93 7.0 Movie: Dark Reflection Fox, Monday, 8 p.m. - 94 6.5 Front Page Fox, Saturday, 9 p.m. 89 / 95 5.7 Code 3 Fox, Sunday, 7 p.m. 92 *In Millions Week of Jan.10-16,1994