The Ratings

PLAYING THE SLOTS

While holiday specials and reruns cluttered the prime-time schedule during the week of Christmas, the networks tried to attract new viewers for a few fledgling series with one-time-only airings in different time slots. Hoping to snare a more adult audience for Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, ABC showed it on Wednesday at 10 p.m., and the show soared to 33rd place. Meanwhile, NBC bumped seaQuest DSV up an hour, rerunning the series pilot from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, and it sank to 76th. NBC had better luck with a special Thursday telecast of The John Larroquette Show. In its regular Tuesday slot, Larroquette languished in 67th place; with Seinfeld as its lead-in two nights later, the show leaped to 23rd. Last Viewers* Top 20 Week 1 34.1 Home Improvement (R) ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 1 2 29.9 60 Minutes (R) CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 5 3 28.1 Grace Under Fire (R) ABC, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. 6 4 26.2 Roseanne (R) ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 2 5 24.0 Football: Steelers vs. Dolphins ABC, Monday, 9 p.m.- 6 23.7 Seinfeld (R) NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 4 7 23.5 Coach (R) ABC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 3 8 22.6 Rescue 911 CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 20 9 22.3 The Fresh Prince of bel-air NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 30 10 21.8 Murder, She Wrote (R) CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 10 11 20.9 America's Funniest Home Videos (R) ABC, Sunday, 8 p.m. - 12 19.8 Blossom (R) NBC, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 27 13 19.3 Dave's World CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 28 19.3 Full House (R) ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 20 15 18.8 Evening Shade CBS, Monday, 8 p.m.17 18.8 Murphy Brown (R) CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 9 17 18.3 Primetime Live ABC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 17 18 18.1 Movie: Moment of truth-why my daughter? (R) NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. - 19 17.9 Phenom (R) ABC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. 17 20 17.7 Movie: Broken Promises CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. -

Bottom 10 83 8.3 TV Guide's 40th anniversary Fox, Monday, 8 p.m. - 84 7.9 Movie: Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa ClauS (R) ABC, Saturday, 8 p.m. - 85 7.0 Movie: Lady Against the Odds (R)NBC, Friday,9 p.m. - 86 6.8 Front Page Fox, Saturday, 9 p.m. 91 87 6.5 The Adventures of Brisco County JR. (R) Fox, Friday, 8 p.m.86 6.5 1968 CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. - 89 6.3 Roc (R) Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. - 90 5.9 Against the Grain NBC, Friday, 8 p.m. 92 91 5.5 Bakersfield P.D. Fox, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.- 5.5 Townsend Television (R) Fox, Sunday, 7 p.m. 93

*In millions (R) Rerun Week of Dec. 20-26,1993

Originally posted Jan 14, 1994 Published in issue #205 Jan 14, 1994 Order article reprints
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