It seems the TV-viewing public was as bored with The English Patient as Seinfeld’s Elaine. This year’s Oscars — which awarded the sand-blown epic nine statuettes — earned its lowest ratings in 11 years. Matters weren’t helped by a drowsy Barbara Walters Special (7th) lead-in: Her trio of lackluster interviews with Woody Harrelson, Lauren Bacall, and Harrison Ford dragged Baba Wawa to her lowest pre-Academy Awards ranking ever. But even with fewer viewers, ABC managed to win Monday night. On Wednesday, however, Arsenio Hall’s eponymous sitcom lost another million viewers, tying with NBC’s Just Shoot Me (42nd). ABC took a further beating on Easter Sunday: CBS’ A Walton Easter (8th) smashed the first part of the Alphabet network’s annual airing of The Ten Commandments (41st). Not even Moses can mess with John-Boy.
Posted April 11 1997 — 12:00 AM EDT
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