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The Final Countdown

What ranked and what tanked -- A complete ranking of all the year's shows

VIEWERS1LAST SEASON2% CHANGE3
134.1 Seinfeld NBC 2(+11%)
230.2 ER NBC 1 (-2%)
324.4 Veronica's Closet NBC
424.0 Friends NBC 3 (-4%)
521.8 Touched by an Angel CBS 10 (+7%)
621.0 NFL Monday Night Football ABC 7 (-7%)
719.9 Union Square NBC
819.8 60 Minutes CBS 11 (+5%)
919.4 CBS Sunday Movie 14(+11%)
10 18.4 Home Improvement ABC8(-15%)
11 17.1 The X-Files FOX12 (-7%)
12 17.0 Just Shoot Me NBC71(+53%)
13 16.7 The Drew Carey Show ABC18 (-2%)
16.7 Frasier NBC 22 (+1%)
15 16.3 King of the Hill FOX 27 (+6%)
16 15.4 Dateline NBC Monday
17 15.3 Dateline NBC Tuesday 27 (-1%)
15.3 The Simpsons FOX 37 (+7%)
19 15.0 NYPD Blue ABC 16(-14%)
15.0 20/20 ABC Friday 12(-18%)
21 14.4 Walker, Texas Ranger CBS 18(-15%)
22 14.2 NBC Sunday Night Movie 14(-19%)
14.2 Primetime Live ABC 23(-12%)
24 14.1 Law & Order NBC 32 (-5%)
25 13.9 Dharma & Greg ABC
13.9 Diagnosis Murder CBS 55(+10%)
13.9 20/20 ABC Monday
28 13.8 Cosby CBS 24(-14%)
29 13.6 Soul Man ABC 21(-19%)
30 13.5 Hiller and Diller ABC
13.5 Wonderful World of Disney ABC
32 13.4 Mad About You NBC 25(-15%)
33 13.3 Everybody Loves Raymond CBS 82(+27%)
34 13.2 Dateline NBC Friday 31(-11%)
35 13.1 Promised Land CBS 58 (+7%)
36 12.9 Jag CBS 62 (+8%)
12.9 Two Guys, a Girl and a... ABC
38 12.8 ABC Sunday Night Movie 40 (-7%)
12.8 The Magnificent Seven CBS
40 12.6 Dateline NBC Sunday 8 P.M.
41 12.5 Sabrina... ABC, 9 P.M. 32(-16%)
42 12.4 Ellen ABC 30(-18%)
43 12.3 Lateline NBC
12.3 3rd Rock From the Sun NBC 18(-28%)
45 12.1 Chicago Hope CBS 39(-14%)
12.1 Kids Say the Darndest Things CBS
47 12.0 Spin City ABC 17(-31%)
48 11.9 Candid Camera CBS
11.9 Early Edition CBS 44(-12%)
11.9 Something So Right ABC 46(-11%)
51 11.7 Caroline in the City NBC 29(-24%)
11.7 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman CBS 53 (-9%)
11.7 Nash Bridges CBS 65 (-1%)
11.7 Over the Top ABC
55 11.6 Boy Meets World ABC 41(-15%)
56 11.5 The Nanny CBS 51(-12%)
11.5 Party of Five FOX 85(+12%)
11.5 That's Life ABC
59 11.4 Ally Mcbeal FOX
11.4 Beverly Hills, 90210 FOX 62 (-4%)
11.4 The Pretender NBC 74 (+5%)
11.4 Working NBC
63 11.3 Funniest Home Videos ABC 91(+11%)
11.3 George & Leo CBS
11.3 Grace Under Fire ABC 49(-14%)
11.3 Sabrina... ABC, 8 P.M.
67 11.2 Cybill CBS 35(-22%)
68 11.0 NewsRadio NBC 96(+15%)
69 10.9 48 Hours CBS 85 (+7%)
10.9 You Wish ABC
71 10.8 Dateline NBC Sunday 7 P.M. 74 (-1%)
10.8 Suddenly Susan NBC 4(-56%)
10.8 20/20 ABC, Thursday
74 10.7 Homicide: Life on the Street NBC 69 (-5%)
10.7 The Naked Truth NBC 5(-56%)
76 10.6 Teen Angel ABC
77 10.5 The Closer CBS
78 10.3 Dateline NBC Friday 8 P.M.
10.3 Fired Up NBC 6(-56%)
80 10.2 Melrose Place FOX 65(-14%)
81 10.1 World's Wildest Police Videos FOX
82 10.0 Cops 2 FOX 99 (+6%)
10.0 Michael Hayes CBS
10.0 The Practice ABC 55(-21%)
10.0 Public Eye CBS
869.9 For Your Love NBC
9.9 Murphy Brown CBS 35(-31%)
9.9 Profiler NBC 76 (-8%)
9.9 Style & Substance CBS
9.9 Unsolved Mysteries CBS 58(-20%)
919.8 AMW: America Fights Back FOX 94 (+1%)
929.7 Jenny NBC
939.5 The World's Funniest! FOX
949.3 Brooklyn South CBS
9.3 Dellaventura CBS
969.2 FOX Tuesday Night Movie 85(-11%)
979.1 Men Behaving Badly NBC 79(-14%)
9.1 Tv Censored Bloopers NBC
998.9 Family Matters CBS 41(-35%)
100 8.7 Cops FOX 108 (+1%
101 8.5 Four Corners CBS
102 8.4 Step by Step CBS 50(-36%)
103 8.3 Damon FOX
104 8.2 ABC Thursday Night Movie 91(-20%)
8.2 The Gregory Hines Show CBS
8.2 House Rules NBC
8.2 Millennium FOX 85(-20%)
8.2 Sleepwalkers NBC
109 8.0 ABC Sat. Night at the Movies 76(-26%)
8.0 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction? FOX
8.0 Meego CBS
112 7.9 The Tony Danza Show NBC
113 7.8 Players NBC
114 7.5 The Visitor FOX
115 7.1 Getting Personal FOX
7.1 Prey ABC
117 7.0 Living Single FOX 101(-25%)
118 6.8 Ask Harriet FOX
6.8 Between Brothers FOX
120 6.7 Timecop ABC
121 6.6 Dawson's Creek WB
122 6.5 ABC News Saturday Night
6.5 New York Undercover FOX 102(-29%)
124 6.4 C-16 ABC
125 6.3 Total Security ABC
126 6.2 Built to Last NBC
127 6.1 Nothing Sacred ABC
128 6.0 Significant Others FOX
129 5.9 Cracker ABC
5.9 413 Hope St. FOX
131 5.8 7th Heaven WB 148(+81%)
132 5.4 Star Trek: Voyager UPN 125(-13%)
133 5.2 Buffy The Vampire Slayer WB 144(+41%)
134 5.1 The Steve Harvey Show WB 141(+28%)
5.1 The Wayans Bros. WB 134 (+9%)
136 5.0 Push ABC
5.0 Smart Guy WB 137(+11%)
138 4.8 Love Boat: The Next Wave UPN
139 4.7 Sister, Sister WB 139 (+9%)
140 4.3 Malcolm & Eddie UPN 130(-12%)
141 4.0 In the House UPN 136(-13%)
4.0 Moesha UPN 130(-18%)
143 3.9 Good News UPN
3.9 The Jamie Foxx Show WB 130(-20%)
145 3.8 Sparks UPN 145 (+6%)
3.8 Unhappily Ever After WB 140 (-7%)
147 3.7 The Sentinel UPN 134(-21%)
148 3.6 Clueless UPN 46(-73%)
149 3.4 The Parent 'Hood WB 147 (0%)
150 3.2 Three WB
151 3.1 Hitz UPN
152 2.8 Kelly Kelly WB
2.8 Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher WB 138(-36%)
2.8 The Tom Show WB
2.8 You're the One WB
156 2.7 Alright, Already WB
2.7 Head Over Heels UPN

1. IN MILLIONS (SEPT. 22, 1997 TO MAY 17, 1998)
2. SEPT. 16, 1996 TO MAY 21, 1997
3. PERCENT CHANGE REFLECTS DIFFERENCE IN VIEWERSHIP.
SOURCE: EW ANALYSIS OF NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH DATA

Originally posted May 29, 1998 Published in issue #434 May 29, 1998 Order article reprints
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