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'FRASIER' KNOWS BEST'

THE FIRST visit from son Frederick (Luke Tarsitano) brought some holiday cheer to Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier (3rd), as the NBC sitcom beat a rerun of its rival, ABC’s Home Improvement (5th). Returning to its post-Frasier home after being banished to the Siberia of Saturday, The John Larroquette Show (13th) showed surprising muscle. Mike Tyson’s demolition of Buster Mathis Jr. (5th; see lower chart) helped Fox knock out NBC’s exclusive airing of It’s a Wonderful Life (64th). Other yuletide films fared better, with CBS’ adaptation of the surprise bestseller The Christmas Box (9th) edging out NBC’s repeat of the Chevy Chase vehicle National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (10th). And Kathie Lee Gifford proved America’s favorite holiday hostess, as her Dec. 20 CBS special (24th) outrated Martha Stewart’s Dec. 12 affair (55th).

TOP 15, DEC. 18-24

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK 1 25.4 ER (R) NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 1 2 25.0 FOOTBALL: VIKINGS VS. 49ERS ABC, Monday,9 p.m. – 3 24.8 FRASIER NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 31 4 23.8 SEINFELD (R) NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 2 5 22.2 HOME IMPROVEMENT (R) ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 8 6 22.0 COACH ABC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. – 7 20.8 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 3 8 20.6 NYPD BLUE ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 13 9 20.5 CAROLINE IN THE CITY (R) NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 4 10 19.5 GRACE UNDER FIRE ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 16 11 19.1 WINGS NBC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 45 12 18.6 NEWSRADIO NBC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. 39 13 18.5 THE JOHN LARROQUETTE SHOW NBC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 36 14 17.9 THE SINGLE GUY (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. 6 15 16.6 ROSEANNE (R) ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. –

TOP 15, DEC. 11-17

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK 1 34.9 ER NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 1 2 31.4 SEINFELD NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 2 3 27.8 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 4 4 26.6 CAROLINE IN THE CITY NBC, Thursday,9:30 p.m. 3 5 26.5 BOXING: TYSON VS. MATHIS Fox, Saturday, 8 p.m. – 6 25.5 THE SINGLE GUY NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. 6 7 24.8 FOOTBALL: CHIEFS VS. DOLPHINS ABC, Monday, 9 p.m. – 8 24.5 HOME IMPROVEMENT ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 5 9 24.3 MOVIE: THE CHRISTMAS BOX CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. – 10 24.0 MOVIE: CHRISTMAS VACATION (R) NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. – 11 22.4 AMERICA’S FUNNIEST VIDEOS ABC, Sunday, 7:25 p.m. 7 12 21.1 ROSEANNE ABC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. – 13 20.1 NYPD BLUE ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. – 14 18.9 THE NANNY CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 18 15 18.8 20/20 ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. 13 *IN MILLIONS (R) RERUN SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH