The Ratings

SNOWBALL EFFECT

Powered by interest in the Kerrigan-Harding scandal (and perhaps assuaging some of CBS Sports' pain over losing pro football), early numbers for the network's Winter Olympics coverage were massive. Saturday night's opening ceremonies placed fourth for the week, while Sunday's first night of competition (featuring American skier Tommy Moe's gold-medal run) came in first, drawing nearly 46 million viewers. And Connie Chung's interview with Tonya Harding brought Eye to Eye (14th) its biggest audience ever. Heavily hyped as ''the movie some people don't want you to see,'' NBC's controversial capital-punishment shocker, Witness to the Execution, turned out to be the movie most people didn't want to see. Opposite the Olympics on Sunday, Witness shorted out in 35th. Last Viewers* Top 20 Week 1 45.9 Winter Olympics CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. - 2 41.0 Home Improvement ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 1 3 35.0 Seinfeld NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 3 4 33.8 Winter Olympics CBS, Saturday, 8 p.m. - 5 32.8 Frasier NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 2 6 32.5 Roseanne ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 7 7 32.2 Grace Under Fire ABC, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. 4 8 31.5 Coach ABC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 16 9 31.3 60 Minutes CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 5 10 27.6 Wings NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. 9 11 26.6 Full House ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 18 12 25.6 Family Matters ABC, Friday, 8 p.m. 19 13 24.5 American Music awards ABC, Monday, 8 p.m. - 14 23.8 Eye To Eye With Connie Chung CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. - 15 23.5 NYPD Blue ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 54 16 23.0 Movie: Fried Green Tomatoes (R) NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. - 17 22.7 Boy Meets World ABC, Friday, 8:30 p.m. 20 18 22.4 Rescue 911 CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 15 19 22.3 48 hours CBS, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 79 20 22.2 Mad About You NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 23

Bottom 10 76 10.2 The Mommies NBC, Saturday, 8 p.m. 82 77 9.9 Adventures Of Brisco County, Jr. Fox, Friday, 8 p.m. 86 9.9 Getting By NBC, Saturday, 8:30 p.m. - 79 9.5 Herman's Head Fox, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 87 80 9.0 Cafe Americain NBC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. - 81 7.9 Code 3 Fox, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. 90 82 6.8 Code 3 Fox, Sunday, 7 p.m. 92 83 6.7 Monty Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 90 84 6.6 Roc Fox, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. 93 85 4.9 Front Page Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 94 *In millions week of Feb.7-13,1994 (R) Rerun

Originally posted Mar 04, 1994 Published in issue #212 Mar 04, 1994 Order article reprints
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