The Ratings

SLICK WILLEY

Sex sold for 60 Minutes (1st) as ex-White House volunteer Kathleen Willey's accusations of presidential misconduct gave the newsmag its highest ratings in more than three years. But the nets had trouble seducing audiences with mid-season offerings: NBC's House Rules (62nd) fell to time-slot rival Raymond (20th), and Fox's Significant Others (82nd) got insignificant numbers. ABC's That's Life (42nd) debut couldn't compete with CBS' Miss USA Pageant (24th), but the Alphabet's Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (11th) delivered the net's highest rating for a series launch since Spin City in '96. Another premiere, the first part of USA's Moby Dick, hooked 10.9 million viewers, the biggest audience ever for an original movie on basic cable.

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK 1 28.8 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 9 2 25.9 SEINFELD (R) NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 2 3 22.2 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 5 22.2 TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 4 5 21.7 JUST SHOOT ME (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. 6 6 20.7 VERONICA'S CLOSET NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 3 7 20.5 THE DREW CAREY SHOW ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 14 8 19.7 ER (R) NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 1 9 19.0 HOME IMPROVEMENT ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 13 10 18.0 HOME IMPROVEMENT (R) ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 30 11 17.9 TWO GUYS, A GIRL AND A PIZZA PLACE ABC, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. -- 12 16.7 20/20 ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. 16 13 16.6 PRIMETIME LIVE ABC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 34 14 16.5 DHARMA & GREG ABC, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 34 16.5 20/20 ABC, Monday, 9 p.m. 21 16 15.9 MOVIE: A FATHER FOR BRITTANY CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. -- 17 15.7 ALLY MCBEAL Fox, Monday, 9 p.m. 30 18 15.6 DATELINE NBC NBC, Monday, 10 p.m. -- 15.6 KING OF THE HILL Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 14 20 15.5 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 24 21 15.0 THE SIMPSONS (R) Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 12 22 14.7 DATELINE NBC NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 17 23 14.4 COSBY CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 23 24 14.3 MOVIE: THE CLIENT (R) NBC, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. -- 14.3 THE 47TH ANNUAL MISS USA PAGEANT CBS, Tuesday, 9 p.m. -- 26 14.2 SOMETHING SO RIGHT ABC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. 32 27 13.7 DATELINE NBC NBC, Friday, 9 p.m. 50 28 13.5 WALKER, TEXAS RANGER (R) CBS, Saturday, 10 p.m. 28 29 13.1 SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH (R) ABC, Friday, 9 p.m. 32 30 12.8 THE PRETENDER NBC, Saturday, 9 p.m. 67

*IN MILLIONS WEEK OF MARCH 9-15, 1998 (R) RERUN SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Mar 27, 1998 Published in issue #424 Mar 27, 1998 Order article reprints