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Last spring, NBC boasted it would outdo Fox's coverage of the 1996 World Series. But with the Florida Marlins and Cleveland Indians striking out with viewers (game 1 and game 2 are down 2 million from last fall's Yankees-Braves matchup) the net is singing a different tune. In fact, NBC West Coast prez Don Ohlmeyer went so far as to say he hoped it would be over in four games. No luck: The Fall Classic will run at least five. The Peacock did get some good news: The premiere of its Ice-T drama, Players (59th), attracted 15 percent more 18-to-49-year-olds than last season's Unsolved Mysteries. And over at CBS, Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel (39th) got a much-needed boost from an interview with John Denver's ex-wife Annie.

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 32.8 ER NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 1 2 31.5 SEINFELD NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 2 3 26.2 VERONICA'S CLOSET NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 3 4 24.8 HOME IMPROVEMENT ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 4 5 24.3 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 5 6 22.5 BASEBALL: WORLD SERIES, GAME 2 NBC, Sunday, 7 p.m. -- 7 21.1 TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 6 8 20.7 UNION SQUARE NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. 9 9 19.6 FOOTBALL: COWBOYS VS. REDSKINS ABC, Monday, 9 p.m. -- 10 19.4 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 15 11 18.3 NYPD BLUE ABC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 10 12 17.8 BASEBALL: MARLINS VS. BRAVES NBC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. -- 13 17.7 SOUL MAN (R) ABC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. 12 14 17.2 THE DREW CAREY SHOW ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 12 15 16.8 BASEBALL: WORLD SERIES, GAME 1 NBC, Saturday, 8 p.m. -- 16.8 HOME IMPROVEMENT (R) ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 11 17 16.4 MOVIE: BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD'S LOVE IN ANOTHER TOWN CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. -- 18 16.2 HILLER AND DILLER ABC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 12 19 16.0 DATELINE NBC NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. -- 16.0 20/20 ABC, Friday, 9 p.m. 16 21 15.5 DHARMA & GREG ABC, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 19 15.5 ELLEN ABC, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. 16 23 15.3 PRIMETIME LIVE ABC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 26 24 15.2 DATELINE NBC NBC, Monday, 10 p.m. 23 25 15.0 COSBY CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 23 15.0 THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH ABC, Sunday, 7 p.m. -- 27 14.6 CAROLINE IN THE CITY NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. 34 14.6 WALKER, TEXAS RANGER CBS, Saturday, 10 p.m. 18 29 14.2 CHICAGO HOPE CBS, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 46 30 14.1 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 32

*IN MILLIONS (R) RERUN WEEK OF OCT. 13-19, 1997 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Oct 31, 1997 Published in issue #403 Oct 31, 1997 Order article reprints
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